The Haas brothers, have mesmerised the design and art worlds with their surreal aesthetic; one that knows few bounds. Their first solo exhibition in the US, ‘Cool World’ opened at R & Company in New York and presents the culmination of two years work, including never-before-seen pieces.
The brothers have created an immersive dwelling for their fantastical creations. The walls of the gallery have been lined with pastel coloured ceramic vessels from the duo’s ‘Accretion’ series, which are made using a glazing technique inspired by watching the build up of paint in a spray booth. Resembling hybrids of sea urchins, tree funghi and sexual organs, the delicate works are filled with latent energy, each extrusion as taut as hairs standing on end.
These set the scene for the twins’ menagerie of anthropomorphic beasts, which go by names like ‘Hairy J Blige’ and ‘Edward Fur-Long’, and similarly blur the lines between sculpture and functional object. Presented in a dinner party setting, the creatures bypass their purpose as footstool, club chair and chaise longue, and evoke a naive emotional response instead.
One of the brothers says: ‘We came out of the Internet and grew up watching cartoons. Anything that a kid watches has a huge influence on them and we don’t want to take ourselves so seriously that we can’t bring these childhood things into the fore. For us, that’s what keeps us inspired.’
They also presented ‘Advocates for the Sexual Outsider’. They say:
‘We wanted to present sex in a non-threatening, non-pornographic way. Nothing is truly explicit. It’s meant to be anti-shame. I come at things from a gay viewpoint and Niki comes from a straight viewpoint, and we tried to reconcile the two. Sex is there for everybody to experience and it’s not something to be judgmental about.’
Enjoy the exhibition!