by Ariadna Zierold
Rio de Janeiro native Ernesto Neto’s been exhibiting internationally since the 1990s, and the artist’s latest biomorphic work is tailored to the spaces each piece inhabits. From a distance, these new, vibrant installations appear as though they grew inside these walls organically. But Neto’s work isn’t meant to be enjoyed from afar.
In his current show at Helsinki’s Kiasma, “Boa,” visitors are invited to touch and inhabit his constructions. At close inspection, the meticulous hand-crocheting and knotting of the fabric comes into focus. Scents, such as lavender or clove, are paired with works; makeshift ceilings envelope viewers into becoming components of the work.