Things often come in twos for John Baldessari. Those who know the famed artist’s expansive body of work will recognize how the relationship between vantage points, the use of multiple canvases, and the application of two or more elements are characteristic of his process. This theme is an interesting one for City View Garage, a new mixed-use building, which is part parking garage and part office and retail space. Wedged between interstate 95 and 195, City View is enveloped in a seemingly endless arrangement of tessellated metallics, while two of Baldessari’s monumental images stand-out on its façade like billboards along the highway. The artwork commissioned by developer Craig Robins may cause commuters to wonder if the artist’s works are an ad campaign for the revitalized neighborhood or a contemporary art installation; further, how will this distinction matter?
The Haas Bros entered upon this project after many visits between theirs and Elder Statesman's studios. Having poured over deep backlogs of insane colors, patterns and knits within Greg's archives all the while Greg noticing the logic-based beading program developing in The Haas Brothers space, the two came together. They thought they would try to build one of their "logic plants" on a large scale by taking advantage of the rich palette of colors Elder Statesman had stockpiled. The Haas Brothers designed a woven bead "tree" that grows by reading and analyzing the colors in its own structure and responds by producing a new bead with a new color. Working like a computer program, this one is made to grow into the Miami space and create a multicolored cashmere cave out of large, cashmere-covered beads. It is a soft, quiet, multi-colored and complexly patterned Oasis of Cashmeres. The life of the structure is written in its color and couldn't be more beautifully expressed than in Greg's cashmeres.