While visiting the Chelsea Galleries in New York last month, Brendan and I stumbled onto the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery where they had a really fun Ernesto Neto show, Slow iis goood. Neto’s interactive installations force the visitor to slow down, literally, while walking or lying on plastic balls covered with crocheted polypropylene and polyester cord.
From the gallery’s press release:
“Although these are spaces meant for relaxation, they are created through a meticulous, labor-intensive process. Each element is hand crocheted from multicolored strings that the artist combines from a wide-ranging spectrum of threads. The intense, subtle, and sophisticated juxtapositions of color that Neto chooses are then woven together into a single strand, and knotted into circular units that combine to become the walls of the sculptures. The irregular circles of crochet that compose the nets simultaneously resemble cells seen through a microscope, and a network of constellations unfurled across the sky. Here, the inside and the outside universe are represented in the same form, demonstrating the interconnectivity of life.”
If you happen to be in Dallas, you can see Neto’s solo show at the Nasher Sculpture Center through September 9.