TALK SHOW WITH HARPER SIMON | EPISODE 51
The Haas Brothers Talk Design + Challenging the Art Hierarchy
The Haas Brothers, twins Nikolai and Simon (b. 1984 Los Angeles), had a creative upbringing in Austin, Texas where their opera singer mother, actor brother, and sculptor father taught them to play music, write, sing and paint. Starting in their early teens, they studied stone carving under their father, mastering the craft before leaving home. The twins parted ways in 2003 to pursue their artistic goals individually. Simon studied painting at RISD while Nikolai toured as a musician with artists like Vincent Gallo, Sean Lennon and Jim O’Rourke through his early 20s. In 2007, the two reconvened in Los Angeles to tour with the band RRIICCEE, then founded the HAAS BROTHERS there in 2010 when L.A. architects Johnston Marklee offered a chance to collaborate on a friend’s project. The brothers received attention right away for their nimble craftsmanship and clever use of materials, and the few years since have seen them evolve from fabricators and collaborators to studio art innovators.
In their current works, The Haas Brothers explore aesthetic and formal themes related to nature, science fiction, sexuality, psychedelia and color theory. Their mastery and unique use of materials ranging from brass, bronze, porcelain and fur to highly technical resins and polyurethane, matched with their insatiable curiosity and remarkable visual intelligence, sets them apart as artists.
The Haas Brothers currently live and work in Los Angeles, California.
Art, design, and the business side of inspiration is explored with Simon and Nikolai Haas. From their own visionary designs in furniture, to the pressure to accommodate the whims of the art-market–we question the fancies of the art world, and check on the influence of the internet has on creativity in this uncensored interview on Harper Simon’s TALK SHOW.