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Primary Fluorescents: Cast Edition

Os & OosPrimary Fluorescents: Cast Edition collection combines seemingly contrasting materiality with principal geometric elements. Primary, referring to the series of shapes utilised (circle, square and triangle) and Fluorescent, not from the neon-tubing, but from the fluorescent nature of the gasses that create light. The fusion of linear illuminated components, together with the aluminium cast bases, made to resemble concrete, plays with the idea of opposites. Initially conceived in 2012, and finalised in 2016, the prototype for this series was inspired by foam sorts used for packaging and from how one could solve certain design problems when bringing together hard and fragile materials together.

Based out of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Os & Oos sees Oskar Peet and Sophie Mensen combining forces since 2011, after meeting as graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Their work is based on conceiving small objects, and larger spatial interpretations and their manifested forms. The emphasis is on art and industry not existing exclusively, but coexisting seamlessly and so well executed. Each piece ranges from 26cm to 43cm in size, and all engage as sculptural and architectural elements in space.

Exhibited as part of a solo exhibition ‘Synthesis’ in Zurich at Roehrs & Boetsch, the collection of minimal objects clearly resembles the notion that they are neither a product nor a pure artistic expression, but a culmination of both. Born from a place of creative curiosity, this is a truly beautiful combination of expression of materiality, contrasts and form.

Photography courtesy of Michael Dellefant.

2016.08.31 Bronwyn Marshall

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