Ernesto Neto

Portrait

Born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), lives and works in São Paulo (Brazil)
 

Two Columns for One Bubble Light, 2007

Three Stops for an Animal Architecture under Gravity, 2007

Minimal Surface of a Body Evolution on a Field, 2007

Stand up, Speaker up, see up, 2007

Ernesto Neto conceives of sculpture as a focus for shared sensations, and a support for interaction between the viewer’s body, the raw materials used, and the surrounding space. Inspired by Brazil’s Neo-Concrete artists, Ernesto Neto revisits the biomorphic forms of European artists such as Hans Arp, some of whose works are displayed inside the labyrinthine piece Two Columns for One Bubble Light. At the margins of disparate worlds – between fauna and flora, the animate and inanimate, the modern and the contemporary – Ernesto Neto invites the visitor to wander beneath a polyamide sky punctuated with holes, allowing energies to circulate, in the manner of Dadamaino or Lucio Fontana. Thanks to a play of weights and counterweights, Two Columns for One Bubble Light remains perfectly balanced, together with Three Stops for an Animal Architecture under Gravity and Minimal Surface of a Body Evolution on a Field (the latter ballasted with spices or sand), as if waiting for a human presence to activate them. The work Stand up, Speaker up, see up acts as a stepladder for the visitor, allowing him or her to climb up and look beyond the textile horizon that divides the space.

With backing from the embassy of Brazil

Paris2 Azul

 

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