Henrique Oliveira is a Brazilian artist known for his incredible art wood installations made in a big scale. Each one of them can’t go unnoticed as they are an incredible artwork to appreciate.
His biggest art installation has occupied the vast gallery expanse of the museum of contemporary art, University of São Paulo with ‘transarquitetônica’, his largest immersive installation to date. Using materials recycled from his home city’s urban fabric, Oliveira has configured a massive series of snaking wooden columns wrapping through the interior space, which can be entered and experienced by the visitor.
The various routes with multiple possibilities are designed to embrace the observer in a sculptural universe, with the smells, sounds and sights of the medium surrounding them within the form. Shifting in narrative and aesthetic from front to end, the piece epic proportions begins as the knotted roots of a tree, and finishes as narrow, white-painted corridors, symbolically expressing the evolutionary transformation in architecture from the caves which served as shelter to men and women for millennia to the high-rise buildings in the sky we occupy today.
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Oliveira uses the repurposed wood pieces as a skin nailed to an organic framework that looks intentionally like a large root system.
Some of his sculptures gives the impression that the structural beams which hold the gallery’s rooms in place have come to life, twisting themselves into a gordian knot and threatening to take over the gallery space. Made predominantly from a type of wood called “tapumes” which is generally used to build hoarding in cities in Brazil, the almost parasitic growth of the piece recalls the urban decay of the favelas of São Paulo, and the societal damage that the vast gap between the rich and the poor is causing there.
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