In the end of 1950 the movement which contradicted ideas of geometric abstraction of modernism has begun. Members of this movement, on the contrary, wanted to compare art with living organisms and express their ideas with flexible and living structures. Works of Ernesto Neto are attributed to organic architecture. His abstract installations often take all the space; it invites spectators to familiarize, to touch and even to smell these “creatures”.
These installations are large, soft and abstract. Viewer can touch it, sometimes sit on it and walk through them, sometimes even get lost in between this labyrinth. Author says that most vital organ of them all is skin. It is a border between our inner and outer worlds. With the help of it we can experience different feelings – cold, heat, hardness, the touch of other body. The realness of these “creatures” is experienced exactly because of touching. Just like real biological organism it has insides and skin which separates it from the external world.
- Do you have a dream, an ideal place, where you would like your creatures to live?
- In the cave! I like to think that the body is construction of architecture and landscape, too”
Ernesto Neto says that space is extremely important for his creative works. If he doesn’t like space in which he has to create, he declines whole project. The main things in his work are harmony between weigh and lightness, balance and dynamic, transparency and opacity, interior and exterior, physical and philosophical worlds. Combining these elements he expresses his view on what our world should be like.
I think that my work is a dance, and I believe, that our society as a sculpture takes shape of a dance. Dance is a symbol of our day to day relationship. Inside these structures there are meanings and ideas, but its surface reflects dance and music. Sometimes I say what I wanted to express, but more often I leave space for the spectator’s interpretation, – says Ernesto Neto
Ernesto is from Brazil. He points out, that his hometown Rio de Janeiro gave him inspiration for his works. In 1970-s whole city was one gigantic construction site. Son of engineer says that even today the smell and sound of construction carry him to his childhood memories. Even though artist travels a lot, he always spends New Years Eve in his hometown with his friends and neighbors. Friendship, harmony and healthy relationships are most important in his life. Likewise in his shows and exhibitions he tries to create a space, where people could interact, laugh and feel comfortable.