Nude Plasmic is a room-size, membranelike compartment made from
translucent stretchy fabric that requires activation by the viewer to give
it full meaning. Form and content are synthesized in Neto’s work as
participants journey through the sculpture’s passages, creating and
transforming its composition, while its ever-changing form modifies the
experience for viewers outside the work. This interaction between object
and subject raises the connection between viewer and artwork to an
intimate level. Neto’s emphasis on a performing body has its roots in
Brazil’s Neo-Concrete body-centered art movement of the 1950s and
Ernesto Neto, Nude Plasmic, 1999 (installation view)
Ernesto Neto, Nude Plasmic, 1999 (installation view detail)
Ernesto Neto responds to questions in the Artists of the Week section in this site.
Ernesto Neto’s work has appeared frequently in international exhibitions, including 1st Kwangju Biennale (1995); and Sydney Biennial and XXIV Bienal de São Paulo (1998). Neto’s group exhibitions include The Five Senses, White Columns, New York (1995); Defining the Nineties: Consensus-making in New York, Miami and Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida (1996); Arte Contemporânea da Gravura Brasil-Reflexão 97, Museu Metropolitano de Arte de Curitiba, As Outras Modernidades, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, and Material Immaterial, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (1997); Loose Threads, Serpentine Gallery, London (1998); and A vueltas con los Sentidos, Casa de América, Madrid (1999). Solo exhibitions of Neto’s work have been presented since 1988, most recently at Fundação Cultural do Distrito Federal, Brasília, and Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo (1997); and Bonakdar Jancou Gallery, New York, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Carrilo Gil, Mexico City (1998).
1994-96 Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro
Centro Cultural Light, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Poéticas de Cor (1998). Exhibi- tion catalogue, text by Ligia Canongia.
Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil. Ernesto Neto (1998). Exhibition catalogue, text by Carlos Basualdo.
Pedrosa, Adriano. “Ernesto Neto.” Frieze, no. 39 (March/ April 1998): 91.
Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil. Ernesto Neto (1994). Exhibition catalogue, text by Paulo Herkenhoff.