Ernesto Neto


mulitcolor crochet of polypropylene and polyester rope and river stones
4 x 14 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches
edition of 3

Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto is known for fantastical installations resembling womblike and organic forms. When talking about his recent interactive installation at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Neto said, “My work is always about relationships. The relationship with these [plastic] balls and the net generate the work. The relationship is the internal structure of the work in itself.” Interchanging the balls for river stones, his statement can be applied to Untitled (Provisionary), where stones are encased in a crochet ring. Resembling a snake eating its meal, the piece generates a sensory experience of tension and expansion. Recent major solo exhibitions for the artist include Kink, Nasher Sculpture Center; La lengua de Ernesto: retrospectiva 1987-2011, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey; Ernesto Neto: O Bicho SusPensa na PaisaGen, Los Molinos Exhibition Hall, Faena Art District, Buenos Aires; Ernesto Neto: The Edges of the World, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London; Ernesto Neto: Intimacy, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; and Anthropodino, Park Avenue Armory, New York.