I wanted to feature Ernesto Neto a few years ago when I visited his exhibition at the Hayward Gallery because it touched on many ideas critical to design. For those of you who have not had the opportunity to see some of his installations…I hope this feature post brings you a little closer to the spaces he creates. Enjoy>
Ernesto Neto (b. 1964) lives and works in Rio de Janeiro and has established over the past 20 years an international reputation for his work. His influences range from the international artists Constantin Brancusi, Giovanni Anselmo, and Richard Serra to his Brazilian predecessors, Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, and Tunga. He has been the subject of major solo exhibitions in New York and Paris and has been included in major group shows including the Carnegie International (1999) and the Venice Biennale (2001). Last year, he created his largest work to date, anthropodino at the Park Avenue Armory, New York.
Over the last decade, he has achieved international acclaim for dramatic, participatory environments involving biomorphic forms. Though his work is characterised by the use of stretchy, transparent fabric, often weighted with spices, he constantly experiments with other materials and explores new techniques. Underpinning all his work is a continual inquiry into a vast range of subjects, including anthropology, subatomic physics, urban planning, sociology, film and literature. In his work, Neto aims to create ‘an art that unites, helping us to interact with others, showing us the limits, not as barriers but as a place of sensations and of exchange and continuity.’