THE HAAS BROTHERS: Ferngully at The Bass Museum

Sun Apr 21, 2019 - Sun Mar 10, 2019

The Haas Brothers, “Bench Fry” Beaded Bench with cast bronze feet, 93
The Haas Brothers, twins Nikolai and Simon Haas, are artists/designers/creative producers based in Los Angeles. Their works of art and objects are situated between the contexts of art and design, frequently departing from the functional, and moving towards the exclusively sculptural. Playful and sometimes irreverent, they create furniture and sculptural objects in the form of anthropomorphic hairy chaises, fantastical beaded chairs and fungi, and hand-layered liquid clay accretion vases that explore themes of mathematics, science and nature, sexuality, nostalgia and social equity.

Their work is often born out of a collaborative process, working with craft guilds and other partners from around the world. They construct an imaginarium made up of monsters, beasts, flora and fauna, positing a link between the inherent functionality of nature through man-made forms. Their first solo museum exhibition, Ferngully, positions the viewer in an immersive environment that evokes cycles of renewal and rebirth found in nature.

Collaboration is key in The Haas Brothers’ creative process, working with artisans, craft guilds and other creative partners to produce their works of art. For their series Afreaks in 2015, The Haas Brothers formed a partnership with The Haas Sisters, a community of bead-working artisans from South Africa. Together,  the Brothers and Sisters made over 25 sculptures entirely beaded by hand. For Ferngully, The Haas Brothers partnered with the ladies of Lost Hills in California to create the palm trees’ intricately beaded date pods. The world of The Haas Brothers finds a recurring foundation in the communal act of craft making. As in “FernGully” the film, their practice utilizes an ever widening community and builds a sense of comradery among themselves and fellow artisans around the world.

From Dec 5, 2018 – Apr 21, 2019

The Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305-673-7530
www.thebass.org

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