That’s me in the photo above, interviewing Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto in his latest installation, Kink, which opens at the Nasher Sculpture Center this weekend. Neto’s known for is interactive creations — in London it was a pool, at New York’s Park Avenue Armory, a series of biomorphic tunnels — and I asked the artist, while we were sprawled out in his knitted bridge-vein, whether or not it was too stereotypical to make a connection between the beachy demeanor of his work and his home town of Rio de Janeiro. That prompted a prolonged conversation about the influence of nature on culture, the neo-concretists of the 1960s, and the predominance of Platonic rationalism in Western Civilization (Brazil, he says, somewhat controversially, is not “western.” Not “western” like Europe or North America, that is).
We’ll bring you that conversation next week. For now, the Nasher shares this time-lapse video of the installation. Enjoy.
Photo by Julius Pickenpack for the Nasher Sculpture Center.