Indepth Arts News: |
2000-07-29 until 2000-09-10
Dundee Contemporary Arts
At first sight, the recent works of this young Brazilian artist (born Rio de Janeiro in 1964) appear as
ethereal, abstract sculptures, occupying an area between the architectural and the organic, between the
building and the body.
Experienced in the flesh, however, they also encourage a fusion of the senses: smell, sight and touch are
all equally stimulated by these complex but immensely enjoyable works. Brought to life by the participation
of the viewer, who is encouraged to enter the large naves (literally vessels or ships), Neto's work allows
us an unusual sensory engagement with our surroundings.
Described as both masculine and feminine, visual and tactile, internal and external, erotic and sterile, cosy
and futuristic, Ernesto Neto's seductive work acts eloquently, warmly and engagingly.
'I want people to lose themselves inside this transparent labyrinth' Ernesto Neto
This exciting new exhibition at DCA will include a work made specially for the small gallery and Neto's
largest nave, a room-like environment made of white, stretchy lycra material, which yields and changes
shape as people move inside. Both the sculpture and the viewer become performing bodies.
Ernesto Neto 'We fishing the line', 1999,
Installation for the Liverpool Biennial,
Stocking, saffron and clove.