Taking the Barrios to the Galleries: Henrique Oliveira
May, 3 2012
Hailing from Sao Paulo, Henrique Oliveira makes wild installation art using materials from the streets of Brazil. Initially he would take pealing pieces from the plywood barriers around the city, falling apart and changing color in the weather. He used the pieces as canvas for his paintings, but later realized that the flexible nature of the medium could be used to make incredible installations. He starts with a skeleton of purchased plywood, and then uses the pieces of plywood that he finds to give texture and color to the structure.
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His passion for the work is shown through the many videos that he has about his pieces. He believes that many paintings represent the world, but with his work which uses pieces of the world in its construction, a painting is represented through the installation. Ranging from what look like recreations of tumors and human body parts, to contorted tree roots growing out of walls, the structures certainly take inspiration from nature. Using these materials, that would likely become refuse, and making them into such incredible experiential works is nothing less than inspiration for the number of things we can do instead of chucking everything in our landfills.
See more of his work on his site: http://www.henriqueoliveira.com/