Ernesto Neto

agora bolas

Apr 19 – May 21, 2005

Galeria Fortes Vilaça

Galeria Fortes Vilaça is pleased to present agora bolas, a solo show by the Rio de Janeiro artist Ernesto Neto. The installation and sculptures, which occupy the gallery's two exhibition spaces, reveal the artist's renewed attention to the use of color-pink and green-and of new materials in the creation of his works.

Ernesto Neto is one of the leading names in contemporary sculpture, and his trajectory can be placed in the context of a tradition that includes historic figures from the neoconcrete movement, such as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. His sculptures seduce the eye with the elegance of their organic forms and also involve the body, soliciting our senses of touch, smell, and hearing.

In the giant installation that occupies all of gallery 1, Neto has created an enormous nave, a kind of gigantic uterus, which the viewer is invited to enter. The installation's walls are constructed from a baby-pink woven fabric, while the interior is completely filled by water-green plastic balls, the size of tennis balls.

In gallery 2, three other sculptures made from the same material develop recurring formal questions from the artist's earlier work. A large sculpture, hanging from the span in the gallery's entrance, acquires its equilibrium in the relationship between the materials' weight and tension, while another work, attached to a wall, uses elements from drawing, applied to sculpture.

Later this year Ernesto Neto will have exhibits in the Freud Museum in Vienna and the galleries Tomyo Koyama and Koyanagi, in Tokyo. His work has recently been shown in the Centre George Pompidou, Paris; the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, among many others.