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12 Henrique Oliveira’s Powerful Wood Sculptures

Tapumes Henrique Oliveira 26 March - 9 May 2009 Commission, Rice University Art Gallery

Brazilian artist, artist best known for using tapumes, or ‘fencing’ in portugese, Henrique Oliveira’s powerful recycled wood installations snake through their exhibition spaces like massive living trees that burst out of walls and ceilings. 

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.

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.

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