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Art Basel Miami Beach 2018: The Haas Brothers Have a (Mathematical) Formula

While the art community in Miami has swelled this week thanks to Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/, the Haas Brothers have been in town for a few weeks. The Los Angeles-based artists — twins Nikolai and Simon Haas — have been busy installing their first solo museum exhibition, which opened at the Bass Museum this week. The show, “Ferngully,” serves as a survey of their work created over the past 10 years.
The designers work at the intersection of design and art. Their newest pieces are plant life rendered using a beading operating system that Simon has been developing over the past few years. The exploration is rooted in cellular automata, a subset of fractal mathematics. “Beads are units, so it’s possible to program them. So these are all programmed shapes. The person making them acts like hardware,” Simon explained of the process, which has so far been used to create three beaded tree sculptures and a patch of colorful velveteen cacti. The resulting objects look realistic despite their whimsical colors and materials.
“My idea is that this is an analog to how nature builds itself. I wrote my own version of it. Really like how cells are on the

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