Tapumes – Henrique Oliveira

A dramatic, encompassing installation.  The structure dominating the room of the Rice Gallery.  To me the structure is reminiscence of an autumnal scene.  The colours and shapes look like light falling through a forest.

Tapumes means boarding or enclosure in Portuguese, and Oliveira echos the large temporary wooden fences which are through out the city of São Paulo, it also refers to the weathered wood that is used to shape the piece.  Oliveria started using deteriorated wood to make his art after observing one of the fences split and deteriorate while he was a student.  Eventually the fence that he had been observing was taken down and discarded and Oliveria collected the wood and used it for his first sculpture. 

Oliveria uses pvc tubing to create the large protruding features which are then covered with pieces of ply wood, making a tridimensional spacial construction.  

I really love how this piece intrudes in to the viewer space, bringing the nature of the material used.  The way it creeps up the wall is like trees fighting for sunlight.

There is no hidden meaning or symbolism to this work, just something that is beautiful to look at, so I have posted a few more close up pictures below so you can enjoy the sheer elegance of the piece.

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