Ernesto Neto, The Serpent’s energy gave birth to human ity, 2016.

Ernesto Neto

New York

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Brazilian artist Ernest Neto has established himself as one of the leading sculptors of his generation. To create the works in “The Serpent’s Energy Gave Birth To Humanity,” his remarkable recent exhibition, he collaborated with the Huni Kuin, an aboriginal community in the Brazilian Amazon. Neto works primarily with fabric installations, drawing from various traditions-Minimalism, Arte Povera, and Neoconcretism. In 2014, he began to work with the Huni Kuin, who are known for their spiritual insight, their desire to live in harmony with nature, and the centeredness they experience through a communal exchange with the earth. Neto’s major woven installation in the show, as well as individual wall pieces and sculptures, all demonstrate his ongoing effort to engage with the earth in a manner that respects both nature and indigenous peoples. Leading up to the room-size installation, Life River Boa Being consisted of a slightly twisting piece of blue cotton stretched out on the floor…see the entire review in the print version of June’s Sculpture magazine.