“Whether I’m working in painting, sculpture or film, what fascinates me is the idea of metamorphosis. Through The Four Seasons, I am re-contextualizing the world of classical Renaissance portraiture using the transformative elements of scale, material and dimensionality, thereby altering the viewer’s perspective.” –Philip Haas
The Four Seasons, by Philip Haas, serve as an homage to Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s portraits of the same name. Only, in this case, Haas presents four three-dimensional forms. 15-foot sculptures bringing the original Four Seasons off the canvas and into the material world as representations of the interconnectedness of human and environment, of cause and effect, life and death. Formed to a degree that represents the pinnacle of each season, through the use of fruit, wood, flowers and vegetables.
One for Winter. Spring. Summer. And Fall.
Birth — Adolescence — Maturity — Death. Repeat, ad nauseam, the inexhaustible cycle of life.
They’re haunting, whimsical, a tad creepy and I absolutely love them.
On display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City through April 17