With intellectual roots in the Neo-concretist movement of the 1970s, Neuenschwander's objects and installations display an intense interest in the life cycles and processes of a wide range of materials, such as dried flowers, snails, rice paper, desiccated insects, pepper and soap bubbles. With her keen sense for the ephemeral nature of organic life, Neuenschwander has produced a series of installations that are frail, ethereal and beautiful. She has also created installations that deal with the architecture of space and question the role of the viewer.
In her new work for this exhibition, Neuenschwander has created various calendars which question the notion of time by organising natural materials into repetitive sequences. Some of them may incorporate labels showing the sell-by dates of food produce, while others may include beetles and portable tables. Throughout, the changing nature of organic or industrial materials has been altered from their original state or function. In Neuenschwander's work, there is a delicate balance between the fragile nature of existence and the rational and scientific systems that attempt to order it.
Rivane Neuenschwander has exhibited extensively around the world. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Portikus in Frankfurt 2001-2002; the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art in 1999; the third International Site Santa Fé Biennial, USA in 1999 and the 1998 São Paulo Biennale, Brazil. Neuenschwander was recently artist-in-residence at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, USA in 2001. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include the Museu de Arte da Pampulha in Belo Horizonte in June 2002; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in August 2002 and Palais de Tokyo in Paris in November 2002.