Ernesto Neto’s Anthropodino

Easily one of the coolest installation’s ever, Neto’s Anthropodino was a whimsical, bizarre playground replete with textures, sights and smells that had everybody a bit spellbound.  Approaching it from the outside is a bit like entering  a Giger-like cadaver, but a lot less creepy in the pastel palette and hearing the laughter of kids playing in the little ball flop thing or running through the chambers in sheer delight.  Seen from a distance, it’s a whorling, lit biomorphic monstrosity that you can’t help but touch as you get closer; womblike, it draws you into its twisting body, each part bathed in a beautiful warm or cool pastel and a different height with openings that look up at the high Armory ceiling and curving appendages that lead off to little play areas and hidden chambers.  It’s webby exterior is held together by a pale wood exoskeleton that serves to enhance the curves of the rolling form and animate it more than make it something rigid and cold.  In the nexus of the body there are these sacks which hang from the ceiling, filled with cloves and other warm, musky spices that further enhance the sensation of a living, female form.  It’s weird that something so otherworldly and huge feels so feminine and nurturing but somehow it does.  This was a really rare, lucky chance to see an example of some of the contemporary art world innovation and collaboration making its way around the world today.  For those of you who missed it, you really missed out.  I could have sat there for hours and hours staring into and watching people’s faces transform as they walked into the room and took it in.  SO so cool.

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Read more about how it came together from the nytimes review.

ernesto-neto-anthropodino51photos courtesy of the Park Avenue Armory and Nytimes

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