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Ernesto Neto

Phytuziann, 2006

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Green lycra tulle and polypropylene
pellets, 17 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 2”
(45 x 27 x 5cm); weight: 4 lb. (900 g),
Ed. 60/XX, signed and numbered

Do touch: the metamorphosis of perception is in the hands of the beholder.


“Ernesto Neto views himself as an illegal street vendor from Rio de Janeiro—a typical product of the underground economy exacerbated by the social marginalization attendant on inflated capitalist globalization. To evade state repression, street vendors display their merchandise on blankets that they pack up and swiftly take away the minute they spot trouble. Similarly, Neto works with the portability of large dimensions; his project, so he says, is carried around ‘inside small eggs, like culture in the time space of the social body.’” Paulo Herkenhoff Parkett No. 78, 2006


“Ernesto Neto is known for his biomorphic sculptural environments. Originally inspired by the Brazilian Neo-Concrete movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Neto moved from hardedge iron sculptures to his signature pendulous nylon sacks filled with aromatic spices, lead, sand, and Styrofoam balls … as in “Phytuziann”. Neto mixes the highbrow formalism of minimalism with the sociability and fun of relational aesthetics. Viewers are encouraged to poke, touch, and—in some cases—even walk through these plush organic forms.” -Artspace


> See short video excerpt with Ernesto Neto about some aspects of his art.