Brazilian Artists Turns Ropes Into Masterpieces That Look Alive

by on July 7, 2015
 
The entry to Mello + Landini  'Ciclotramas.' Photo by Gui Gomes.

The entry to Mello + Landini ‘Ciclotrama.’ Photo by Gui Gomes.

   Brazil-based artists Janiana Mello and Daniel Landini of Mello + Landini are the creative gods of rope tricks.

   Since 2010 they’ve exhibited 17 variations on living ropes that transform the simple twine into a living medium. Like the earlier iterations, their most recent show ‘Ciclotrama‘ twists their medium into a “choreography of intertwining lines” reminiscent of organic root systems and neural networks.

   Large diameter ropes lead the audience into rooms where the unwound rope sprawls across empty space and walls alike. Earlier shows have featured vibrant toned ropes, but this latest masterpiece returned the dynamic duo to the basic natural brown rope that’s been the core of their collaboration and the source of their best mind-bending tricks.

The stair way leading up to Mello + Landini 'Ciclotramas.' Photo by Gui Gomes.

The stair way leading up to Mello + Landini ‘Ciclotramas.’ Photo by Gui Gomes.

Wall detail from Mello and Landini's Cicl

Wall detail from Mello + Landini’s ‘Ciclotramas.’