Danish artist and designer Mathias Bengtsson presents a prolific collection of biomorphic furniture for the exhibition ‘growth’ at Galerie Maria Wettergren. The show — on view from September 15th to november 25th, 2017 — coincides with paris design week, an event which overlaps with the city’s Maison et Objet 2017 fair.
The furniture series explores the possibilities of software contribution to artistic creation, wherein 3D printing serves as an analogue for representing organic forms. Bengtsson begins with what he calls ‘the promise of technology’ – ‘the desire to push the limits of what is imaginable, and the will to create objects unlike any that have existed before’.
The series reflects the artist’s various processes and use of industrial materials ranging from 3D printed resin, walnut and titanium. The works blur the boundaries between fine art and industrial design — notions of ‘chair’ or ‘table’ are suggested yet the pieces also act as delicate sculptures.
‘Growth’ will be the first solo exhibition for Bengtsson, an innovator of Scandinavian contemporary design. he was awarded the Finn Juhl architecture prize in 2011 and his works are part of the most important museum collections in the world, such as the centre Pompidou in paris and the MoMa and the cooper Hewitt museums in New York.
The exhibition at Galerie Maria Wettergren will be accompanied by the book launch for the sculptural catalogue ‘growth’. designed by the artist, the book’s form is inspired by a topographical landscape and made from laser-cut paper. The catalogue will feature commentary by the chief conservator of the Pompidou museum, Marie-Ange Brayer.