Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s powerful recycled wood installations snake through their exhibition spaces like massive living trees that burst out of walls and ceilings. Oliveira scours the streets of Sao Paulo to gather weathered plywood, which he then separates into layers and combines to create his massive “tridimensionals” sculptures. The stunning mixed media pieces are a combination of sculpture, painting and architecture..
Initially a painter, Oliveira was inspired by an old wooden fence he saw through his window across the street from his studio in Sao Paulo. The wood was so weathered that it split into layers, which Oliveira equated to brush strokes. From that day, the artist began collecting old weathered fences from construction sites and transforming them into his inspiring ‘tridimensionals’.
Construction companies use the plywood because it is inexpensive, and they replace fences every few months when the elements break them down.
Rather than letting the damaged fences go to waste, Oliveira peels off layers of wood and uses the pieces as ‘brush strokes’ to form his large-scale installations. As he secures each strip, the layers build up and create organic curves and coils that burst through gallery walls and wind through space in amorphous forms. From afar, they can appear to be soft and smooth, but a closer look will find a series of raw edges that guarantee a splinter upon the touch.
Oliveira has created an eco-friendly body of work using a unique process and style which treats discarded wood as if it were strokes of paint. Seeing the beauty in the damaged, he gives worn pieces of wood new life.
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One of my favourites.. Jorge Rodriguez Gerada portraits people living in the neighbourhood in a huge scale. The portraits are done on beautiful old walls and drawn in charcoal. The charcoal eventually fades away, thus adding to the ephemeral issue of life in the ‘hood.
Artist’s statement: “In 2002 I moved to Barcelona where I began my ‘Identity Series’. I was drawn to the beauty of old surfaces and I wanted to blend photo realistic images of anonymous locals to question the controls imposed in public space, and the use and abuse of iconic faces to sell us products and ideas. I decided to apply the same approaches used by advertising, such as strategic positioning and size, but with the intention of creating a poetic counter commentary that fades away with beauty. The Identity Series is about initiating a dialogue with a local community through art. These portraits transformed local, anonymous residents into social icons, giving relevance to an individual’s contribution to the community and touching upon the legacy that each life has to offer.
I chose charcoal for its transparency and ephemeral quality. I involve the visual narrative of the textured wall instead of covering it. These time-based portraits gradually deteriorate. They become a metaphor of the fading of life, of fame and of the things we first thought were so important. The creation of the “Identity Series” is also an act that is environmentally sound and at the mercy of the natural world. The pieces fade away like the warmth after an embrace.
The photo realistic drawing is only an aspect of the piece. The importance of the piece is the whole process of creation, destruction and memory.”