Wow! These sculptures are truely massive!
Powerful, they seem to slowly intrude into the space – owning it soon.
The wooden sculptures make their way. No one seem to be able to stop them.
Even if they burst, crack and splinter due to the high pressure and force that drives them, they move forward.
The sculptures grow organically like cancer and join forces with other branches.
Doors or entrance halls are too small to manage the expanding wooden bodies.
On first sight, the growth or dynamic seem to be chaotic but on 2nd sight you will discover that they inconsiderately target the same direction / destination that they will destroy and transform because of their sheer mass & nature.
Walls cannot impede them.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Henrique Oliveira is an award-winning artist that has exhibited his work around the world. Born in 1973, Oliveira received his BFA and Masters in Visual Poetics from the University of São Paulo.
While Henrique is also well-known for his paintings, this post focuses on his incredible wooden sculptures and installations. Using a combination of reclaimed plywood, fencing and PVC, Oliveira creates organic wooden sculptures that have a movement and flow that makes them feel liquid.
Oliveira’s installations are massive, often overtaking entire rooms and spaces. He first forms his shapes with PVC and then meticulously wraps it in layers of plywood, stripping away layers to reveal different colours of wood.
Be sure to visit Henrique’s official site to see his entire portfolio of work including his paintings and smaller-scale sculptures.