Markus Haase, Algae Series Light Sculpture, USA, 2022
Composed of a series of tiered, interconnected bronze and onyx ribbons, Markus Haase’s new series of lighting, the Algae Series, creates a sweeping landscape of radiant, sculpted light. Combining a mastery of traditional sculpting techniques with a contemporary, material-driven approach to design, Haase is one of the only artists working today crafting unique works in bronze. Rather than using the casting process as a mechanism for producing multiples, each of his bronze and onyx light sculptures is completely unique.
Haase hand-carves each linear form before using a self-developed technique of casting that destroys the original, rendering each form one-of-a-kind. Onyx is hand-carved and merged with the bronze, diffusing the internal LEDs. The work retains its luminescent quality even when unlit.
In 2013, Haase launched his first series of sculptural design exclusively with Todd Merrill Studio. Since then, his work has attracted the attention of designers and collectors worldwide. Haase creates unique works of art, sculptural pieces of furniture, and lighting design that demonstrate his sculpting virtuosity through his works that imbue wood, metal, and stone with a remarkable sense of fluidity and movement.
Haase is one of the only artists working today, creating one-of-a-kind bespoke lighting in bronze. Rather than using the material casting process as a mechanism for creating multiples, each of his custom light sculptures is completely unique. Every component is hand-carved before being cast using the “lost mold” method, destroying the original. Precious stone, onyx, or alabaster is then hand-carved and set in the bronze structure, diffusing the internal LEDs. Haase embodies the independent artisan with each work bearing the distinct mark of the maker’s hand. The ethereal glow of his jewelry-like fixtures is unparalleled in today’s diverse market of art and design, defining a new artistry for the 21st century. As Todd Merrill describes, “Markus Haase is not making a piece of furniture or lighting that looks like art… He is a sculptor making art that serves functional ends.”
As Haase works on a commission basis, custom designs may be requested.
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