Ernesto Neto, ‘Falling flower’, 2006, (blank), Lycra tulle, styrofoam, oregano, lavender, Galerie Bob van Orsouw
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Ernesto Neto

Falling flower, 2006

Lycra tulle, styrofoam, oregano, lavender
137 3/4 × 55 1/8 × 55 1/8 in
349.9 × 140 × 140 cm
Medium
(blank)
Ernesto Neto
Brazilian, b. 1964
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A highly influential contemporary Brazilian artist, Ernesto Neto creates large-scale, sensuous environments that evoke bodily experience. Often working with a stretchy, stocking-like fabric in vibrant colors, which he fills with aromatic, organic, or tactile materials such as spices, coffee beans, or Styrofoam, Neto suspends pendulous forms from the ceilings and walls of galleries, or creates spaces walled with membrane-like gauze, into which viewers are invited to enter. These giant stalactites and structures contain phallic forms and orifices suggestive of sexuality. “My work speaks of the finite and the infinite, of the macroscopic and the microscopic, the internal and external, by the masculine and feminine powers,” he says. “But sex is like a snake, it slithers through everything.” Neto considers Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Richard Serra, Tunga, and Cildo Meireles to be influences on his practice.

Ernesto Neto, ‘Falling flower’, 2006, (blank), Lycra tulle, styrofoam, oregano, lavender, Galerie Bob van Orsouw
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Ernesto Neto
Brazilian, b. 1964
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A highly influential contemporary Brazilian artist, Ernesto Neto creates large-scale, sensuous environments that evoke bodily experience. Often working with a stretchy, stocking-like fabric in vibrant colors, which he fills with aromatic, organic, or tactile materials such as spices, coffee beans, or Styrofoam, Neto suspends pendulous forms from the ceilings and walls of galleries, or creates spaces walled with membrane-like gauze, into which viewers are invited to enter. These giant stalactites and structures contain phallic forms and orifices suggestive of sexuality. “My work speaks of the finite and the infinite, of the macroscopic and the microscopic, the internal and external, by the masculine and feminine powers,” he says. “But sex is like a snake, it slithers through everything.” Neto considers Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Richard Serra, Tunga, and Cildo Meireles to be influences on his practice.

Ernesto Neto

Falling flower, 2006

Lycra tulle, styrofoam, oregano, lavender
137 3/4 × 55 1/8 × 55 1/8 in
349.9 × 140 × 140 cm
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