Ernesto Neto "Cuddle on the Tightrope" at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
The work made for the exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Kink, continues Neto’s recent explorations of elevated environments and crochet, but for the first time the artist has added the complex new element of a freestanding, interwoven framework of metal structural supports. Passageways of crocheted rope transport visitors up into the space above the gallery floor, changing their perspective and relation to gravity, and nestling them in an aerie of polypropylene balls and crocheted rope. Initially taught to crochet by his grandmother and great aunt in 1994, Neto did not put the skill to use in his art until many years later. The artist now relies on a team of assistants to produce the enormous crocheted installations of recent years.