Ernesto Neto

Ernesto Neto is a Brazilian conceptual artist, who wants the viewer to interact with his instillations. Whether this interaction be by touch, smell, see or feel. He wants his work to be a “sensory experience” for the viewer. Neto explores the physical and social space boundaries through interactive, tactile, and biomorphic structures and forms. Like in his exhibition of “The Sun Lits Life, Let the Son” the shapes are very organic looking, meaning the shapes are associated with things from the natural world, like plants and animals. The passage way makes it obvious that Neto wants you to interact with the form, and truly experience it. Neto is inspired by nature, knitted by men and assembled as art. His work is stunning to our eyes, and must be completely experienced through our interaction.

Screen Shot 2018-04-03 at 10.08.47 AMCapsule Seed B, 2014- Installation, Sculpture, Plywood, fabric, semiprecious stones, pulleys and herbs

Neto’s instillations invoke a bodily experience, through the possibility of interacting with them, as well as the sometimes overwhelming presence. Often working with a stretchy, stocking-like fabric in vibrant colors, which he fills with aromatic, organic, or tactile materials such as spices, coffee beans, or Styrofoam. Neto’s installations also focused on gravity, tension and weight. As seen in ‘Capsule Seed B’ , ‘Nave Voadora’ and ‘The Sun Lits Life, Let the Son‘. Ernesto Neto successfully makes his artwork both playful and interactive as well as serious and professional.

Screen Shot 2018-04-03 at 10.45.45 AM.pngNave Voadora (Flying Gloup Nave)1999Installation, Sculpture, Tulle, polyamide fabric and stocking, styrofoam balls, tumeric and sand
Screen Shot 2018-04-03 at 10.51.20 AMScreen Shot 2018-04-03 at 10.55.17 AM.png The Sun Lits Life, Let the Son,2012- Installation, polypropylene and polyester rope, plastic balls, plants, terra cotta, black pepper, turmeric, cumin,and cloves

Researching Ernesto Neto, led me to the ideas and inspiration of creating something that is playful and fun, yet serious at the same time. I wanted there to be a pleasant look and feel to my sculpture. I hope that the soft fabric and moveable round balls will entice the viewer to want to touch and interact with the sculpture, and to physically enjoy it.

-Katie Ruzycki