Transarquitetônica by Henrique Oliveira
After his remarkable Baitogogo in Palais de Tokyo last year, brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira has completed his largest installation to date titled Transarquitetônica at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in his home town São Paulo.
Like most of his works Oliverira used tapumes to build the enormous piece. The material is a kind of temporary siding made from inexpensive wood that is commonly used to obscure construction sites. The idea of using such material goes back to his time in art school where his fascination began with old walls and billboards, particularly those that used plywood. The multilayered nature of the material appealed to him as well the grain of the wood that resembles the human veins.
Oliveira used this material to create an organic-like framework that looks intentionally like a large root system. Taking advantage of the space provided by the museum, the artist expanded the installation into a fully immersive experience where visitors can explore the cavernous interior.
The installation is meant to be a reflection on the “darker” side of Sao Paulo and its shanty towns where the claustrophobic tunnels and passageways with shapes that resemble a tree root or a series of tumors.
Transarquitetônica will be on display until the end of November. The video above by Crane TV where we can hear Oliveira discuss the creation of his installation.
Henrique Oliveira (born in 1973 in Ourinhos, Brazil; lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil) After receiving a degree in painting from the University of São Paulo in 1997, Henrique Oliveira has developed, since 2003, a practice of in situ installations, in which he uses wooden boards and plywood retrieved from the streets of São Paulo.
In 2009, he participated in the 29th São Paulo Biennial. He has been awarded several grants and prizes, such as the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (Washington, D.C., 2008) and the Prêmio CNI/SESI Marcantonia Vilaçia for Visual Arts (Brazil, 2009). His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at the Rice University Art Gallery (Houston, 2009), the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (2011), the George- Philippe and Nathalie Vallois Gallery (Paris, 2011) and the OK Center for Contemporary Art, Upper Austria (Linz, 2012).