||Ernesto Neto I Residency from July to December 2007
Ernesto Neto was born in 1964, he lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
The human body, the surrounding space, and the materials used are the fundamental elements of Ernesto Neto's work, these being fully integrated into the space where they are exhibited.
Ernesto Neto is interested in the relationships that are formed between the various elements that constitute his work: the viewer, history, the works in context of their venue of exhibition, the works themselves. The works function as boundaries, allowing the viewer to see the creative process and its means of suspension. It is by the use of topology and mathematics that the points of equilibrium and gravity allow the suspension of these monumental sculptures. The organic forms give an impression of fragility and sensuality, floating above or next to the viewer. The viewer finds himself incorporated in the work, obliged to be silent, to reflect, to find contact with his own body. The work makes a physical appeal to the senses -- smell, touch, use -- and becomes a contemplative and interactive space.
At the Atelier Calder, Ernesto Neto produced a new series of sculptures composed of independent elements with rounded forms fitted one into another, which by a movement seem to rise up from the ground to become sculpture. For the production of this group of works, Ernesto Neto chose different solid materials: foam core, colored laminated wood, polyurethane foam, PVC, and steel. Using building set games as the idea and inspiration for these works, entitled Play, each installation provides fresh opportunities to create new combinations and forms. These works raise, constantly and anew, complex questions of equilibrium, tension and gravity, which together permit the work to remain standing upright.
A major figure in the Brazilian art world, Ernesto Neto's work is exhibited in numerous collections, notably the Tate Modern Gallery in London, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the MNAM Centre Pompidou, the Hirshorn Museum of Washington, the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
For the 49th Venice Bienniale, Ernesto Neto represented Brazil. In 2004, he made the scenery for Views of Stage, a creation by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the Opera Garnier.
Among his recent exhibitions, one should mention the Malmo Experience (Sweden), Taba Oca at the FIAC de Paris, the 5th Art Biennial of Mercosul in Porto Alegre (Brazil), Tropicalia at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, in 2005 at Kerguehennec and at the Galerie Yvon Lambert in Paris.
Ernesto Neto participated in the Festival d'Automne 2006 in Paris, he also produced the work Leviathan/Thot at the Pantheon.
In 2007, he exhibited at the Max Heltzer Gallery, and at the MIMOCA, museum of contemporary art in Kagawa, Japan.