Ernesto Neto is best known for his large-scale, whimsical sculptures that merge environmental and biomorphic forms while simultaneously pinging the senses through touch, sound, and smell. His drawings employ similar imagery, and their forms often assume organic identities. Works such as Just Three of Us on This Planet embody an improvisational spirit, while exhibiting the artist’s notable control over his medium. Here, his juxtaposition of skill and chance creates forms evocative of a science experiment. Neto delineated a boundary of silver paint and then applied water to the page, allowing ink to flow across the surface. In the areas of complete saturation, the drift of the black ink— which takes on the appearance of an amoebic ballet—evokes a sense of continued movement.
Label from Drawing: The Beginning of Everything, July 8–October 15, 2017