Markus Haase, BANG II, USA, 2015
As Todd Merrill explains, “Markus Haase is not making a piece of furniture that looks like art. He is a sculptor making art that serves functional ends.” At once a sublime work of art and a functional object, BANG II is a unique, hand-carved console that defies easy categorization. Markus Haase’s decades of experience as a sculptor are evident in his masterful treatment of materials; wood appears as malleable as drapery as it curves in smooth undulations of convex and concave forms beneath a hand-carved marble top. Haase is equally adept at sculpting in stone as he is in wood, proving himself to be a master of the stack-laminated technique. Like a classical sculpture balanced in contrapposto, the piece is rendered at ideal aesthetic equilibrium: the bold, dense structure that appears to grow from the ground on the right is met with lightness and levity as the left side floats.
BANG II conveys speed and movement. Through automotive allusion and intricate carvings, the wood appears windblown, and the structure accelerating. The piece is fit with one storage drawer and is wall-mounted.
In 2013, Markus Haase formally launched his first series of sculptural furniture exclusively with Todd Merrill Studio. Since then, his work has attracted the attention of designers, critics, and collectors worldwide. Haase has been exhibited at prestigious art fairs including The Salon: Art + Design in New York; Collective Design in New York; the Pavilion of Arts and Design in Paris, London, and New York; FOG: Design + Art in San Francisco; and Spring Masters in New York.
Haase refined his sculpting practice studying under Europe’s preeminent masters of stone carving, restoring centuries-old Gothic cathedrals across Northern Germany for over a decade. These experiences, combined with his fresh and impressive eye for design, allow Haase to create his dynamic, expressive works. Haase demonstrates his sculpting virtuosity through his designs that imbue wood and stone with a remarkable sense of fluidity and movement. Carved wood assumes qualities of drapery, while marble suggests energy and vigor. His dynamic sculptural lighting defines a new artistry for the twenty-first century, managing to sculpt light itself. As Todd Merrill describes, “Markus Haase is not making a piece of furniture that looks like art… He is a sculptor making art that serves functional ends.”
As Haase works on a commission basis, custom dimensionality and materials may be requested.
Dimensions: 38” H x 54” W x 14” D, 96.52 H x 137.16 W x 35.56 D cm
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