Art Basel Miami is always full of surprises and this year’s edition is no exception. For the first time, The Haas Brothers‘ exquisite designs will be showcased in a solo exhibition, called Ferngully, by The Bass Museum. The exhibition will present the best of their new and recent art pieces and is organized around the concept of precarity and regenerative properties of nature, a cicle of rebirth.
Ferngully received its name from the children’s animated film of 1992 “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” and shows the visitors the doors to another world, a utopian one where nature is free from human harm. In the movie it was inspired by, Crysta, a fairy, and Zack, a lumberjack, together try to save the magical rainforest that is their home from devastation.
Seeing everything with the eyes of a child, with innocence and wonder, nostalgia and fantasy, that’s their goal. To achieve it the brother’s works of art are always playful, even with sense of humor, and sometimes irreverent. Their own creative universe is full of monsters, beasts, mythical flora and fauna.
The artworks brought to life by these LA-based designers, the twins Nikolai and Simon Haas, often make us question the borders between art and design, being functional and sculptural at the same time.
Ferngully is an immersive installation built with several different elements and materials like: beadwork, ceramics, velvet, porcelain, fur, copper and blown glass. Interlaced tree trunks crowned with copper leaves and blown glass coconuts illuminate the fantastical animal shaped sculptural and hairy seatings and the velvet cacti. Fungi seems to grow everywhere. The floor is padded to evoke the forest grounds, and everything builds up a beautiful, interesting, luxurious, but at the same time fragile natural environment.
Mathematics, science fiction and nature, sexuality, nostalgia and social equity are all ideas explored by The Hass Brothers work, specially in their hand-layered liquid clay vases. Knowing the value of always trying to learn more and improve, being it the secret for their success, the brothers love to collaborate with other artists from around the world and see them as comrades.
The exhibition welcomes the courageous visitors with its beasts born from an emblematic series in the brothers’ eight-year practicce. These beasts are collectible designs made with the finest craftsmanship using high quality materials, like black, white and rusty brown Icelandic sheepskin, curly cow fur, chocolate goat fur, gray Gotland sheep fur, carved ebony and cast bronze.
These characters even have details like horns, tongues, feet and genitalia and received the most creative and surprising names (Uma Worm-an (2018), Hair Witch Project (2015) and Wee Wee Top (2017). With specific and diverse personalities, genders, sexualities, races and characteristics, they almost seem like living and breathing creatures. They also have a considerable range of sizes (micro, mini, full-sized, functional).
John Palm Goutier (2018), Pope John Palm (2018) and Palm Grier (2018) were special crafts created for this exhibition. The vessels were built layer by layer until the vase seems to have grown claw tentacles.
Are you ready to discover a whole new world in Art Basel Miami 2018?
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