Chilling With Ernesto Neto, And A Time-lapse Video of The Latest Installation at The Nasher

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.


  • Picture of the year.

  • Richard Patterson

    This would be where Matthew McConaughey would say: “Mr Soderbergh, today’s scene would be a good opportunity for me to take my shirt off.”

    I mean, that would be Peter Simek saying that, not Ernesto Neto.

    Great piece.

    Also – I’ve been arguing for an outdoor swimming pool in place of the parking lot for the Central Trak residency since its inception – you can’t have an artists residency in Dallas in 100 degrees without a pool. Or, at the very least, a communal area for the artists to hang out. It should be more Bacchanalian. The idea never got much traction – too much Platonic rationalism. Until now maybe?