The Haas Brothers. Unique Beast club chair in Icelandic Sheepskin with carved wooden horns and cast bronze hoof feet.
Nikolai and Simon Haas were born in Los Angeles to a painter/stone carver father and a writer/opera singer mother. They spent their youth in Austin, Texas, where they studied stone carving and construction under their father for many years. At age 19 the twins parted ways — Simon went to study painting and architecture at RISD while Nikolai moved to New York to work as a touring musician with artists like Vincent Gallo, Sean Lennon and Jim O’Rourke. In 2007 the two moved to Los Angeles to join the band RRIICCEE. After a brief cross country tour, the two settled back in Los Angeles where Simon pursued painting and Nikolai continued to write music.
After being approached by friends who had heard they were adept builders, Nikolai and Simon began working together on small design and construction projects. In September 2010 the twins were asked to design materials for and construct a small Johnston Marklee project at Sony Studios in Los Angeles and ‘The Haas Brothers’ was born. In the two years since, the brothers have worked in the same Downtown Los Angeles studio where they spend their time prototyping forms and experimenting with materials and material applications. Their company has grown into a multifaceted operation — producing original art and furniture pieces, set design and props for print and video, one of a kind fashion pieces and materials consulting and fabrication for select clients.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Katharina Grosse. The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas just opened "Wunderblock," an indoor/outdoor exhibition of new Grosses. It’s on view through September 1.
These pictures are from Grosse’s 2007 exhibition at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. The image at the top is the cover of the outstanding, highly recommended catalogue for the show. (It’s still available from The Renaissance Society — and for just $30!) Grosse and MAN Podcast host Tyler Green discussed the show and its catalogue, and in particular the idea of time-based painting that Grosse explored in this exhibition. The first two pictures here were taken right after the show opened, on April 29, 2007. The third is from May 10 and the last photo is from June 10. The Renaissance Society’s website offers up more images and videos about Grosse and her work.
Grosse is known for her intensely colorful, usually spray-painted installations that often begin on walls but that typically extend into a room, the surrounding space(s) and who knows where else. There’s an astonishing amount of her work on Flickr and almost everything she’s ever made is on her own website.
Maya - Pixelated Sculpture Stops Train - Luke Jerram (image by Farrows Creative)
Feather Sculptures, Kate MccGwire
"Each visually captivating piece presents a seamless sense of coordination and continued movement. Like a stream, all of the feathers flow in a unified direction, adding to each sculpture’s striking pattern. There’s an indescribable appeal to the sculptures’ unique construction that’s reminiscent of a beautiful ballet, like seeing a swan take its final bow." more here.