13 | Glowayrivertime, 2010
Throughout the museum we find drawings executed directly on the walls. Short strokes coalesce into sinuous lines twisting along the walls and up under the ceiling. The lines are drawn with a single stick, repeatedly dipped in ink and applied to the wall. They look like primitive signs or symbols, but their meaning is unclear.
These drawings are not three-dimensional, as most of Neto’s works are. Instead they follow the existing architecture; the glide tightly along the walls and emphasize the room’s physical conditions. It’s almost as if they indicate anchor-points for a planned three-dimensional installation. But rather than making use of the physical room, the lines merely suggest conceptualized points of contact between a sculptural work and the museum’s walls. Understood in this way, the drawing can be read as a metaphor for a sculpture, given that the artist plays with forms and activates surfaces.
This work creates connections between the other works in the exhibition. Previously, Neto has tended to create new installations specifically adapted to whichever museum or gallery he exhibits in. This time, however, we want to present the variety in his artistic production. The selected works highlight different tendencies in Neto’s art, and when seen together, they give a good impression of a rich artistic practice. Seen in this context, the wall-drawings can be understood as the artist’s comment on his own production. Through drawn strokes of ink, Neto makes small comments on his own works, or creates transitions between them, and, like a hospitable host, leads us from work to work.