Ernesto Neto

Ernesto Neto

Ernesto Neto will create a nomadic sculpture that will be featured at each Station to Station stop.

Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto not only encourages viewers to touch his work, he insists on it. Really, how could anyone resist when so many of his installations have a sensual, almost fleshy appearance that call out to be stroked, poked and pressed.

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Neto creates installations that take over environments, surrounding viewers and altering their sense of space. Immersion and connection are key components: You don’t just look at Neto’s work, you enter it.

In 2009, Neto created anthropodino and installed it in New York’s Park Avenue Armory. The soft, enveloping spaces it creates call to mind the womb or some sort of living dreamspace that prompted a New York Times critic to write that it “glows like a magical destination in a children’s movie.” Another type of movie may come to mind as well: the body-obsessed work of director David Cronenberg, whose aesthetic shares Neto’s interest in membranes and the contours of human flesh.

In 2012, Neto created Kink, a room-sized piece installed in the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas that allowed participants to walk along a soft, undulating tightrope surrounded by brightly colored crocheted walls evoking spiderwebs and living tissue. Like many of Neto’s works, Kink surrounded viewers, lured them inside and rewarded them with an unusual visual and tactile experience that altered one’s sense of space and time.