From Sebastian to Olivia
Essay Sebastian Preuss, letters Caoimhín Mac Giolla Leith, Dobrila Denegri et al.
Letters in English and original language, essay in English / German /
With From Sebastian to Olivia, the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (born 1964 in Rio de Janeiro) presents a complete organic concept. The title emphasizes the theme of a world of condensed spaces: starting from the knowledge that two people can share a room and still be cut off from each other by ist architecture—unable either to come into contact or to communicate—the artist created this complex installation at Galerie Max Hetzler. Structurally, it illustrates the isolation and loneliness of two spheres, both the male and the female, while at the same time pointing out that contact could become possible. “I am sculpture and think as sculpture,” says Neto, describing idea of sculpture as a living organism which stretches the boundaries. In addition to the subtle lighting and various smells, the artist uses four walk-up stairways, a viewing platform, a swing, stools and other seating, and sculptures, as well as four drawings in spices and a colorful wall sculpture to demonstrate this blurring of borders. The different spatial and sensual layers are linked in the exhibition space, which recreates a world of organic membranes.