Saturday, May 31, 2014

BEAUTY: Installation--Henrique Oliveira

Using his signature material of wood, artist Henrique Oliveira (previously here) just installed his largest work to date at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo, Brazil. A series of tunnels snakes through the cavernous galleries which Oliveira covered with thinly sliced pieces of flexible wood leftover from construction debris. And museum goers are invited to walk the tunnels. Experiencing this stunning interactive installation must feel like burrowing into a subterranean world only moles see... as if you are actually within the root systems of a forest!

And in a powerful political statement concerning the ideas of refuse, economics, and how society treats poverty, Oliveira morphs the wooden tunnels into a replica of the shantytowns/slums or favelas in Brazil.

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