Space Makers and Room Shakers until 21 October 2018
Ernesto Neto has made a large sculpture that you can smell before you see — a stretchy shelter filled with the following spices: cloves, tumeric, cumin, paprika, black pepper and fenugreek.
The body and its senses are integral to Neto’s work; his installations stretch the membrane that separates art and life. Neto’s use of transparent elastic fabric describes the tension of spaces he invades while anthropomorphising architecture. Vast masses of fragrant spice swell the fabric in voluptuous, almost bodily, forms that fill the gallery space and our olfactory organs with its aromatic intensity. Unlike vision, smell entails the physical invasion of the body by the scent’s particles. In this way the sensations evoked by Neto’s spice works are involuntary and almost instinctive.
‘I want people to see my sculpture through their pores, as well as their eyes, to feel it with all their senses’.
I suggest you don’t wait until October to view this exhibition, since the aroma of these aromatic spices will disappear over time.
Clever. I like the idea of an olfactory encounter with sculpture.