amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira ‘ursulinens prolapse’, 2012 by henrique oliviera OK center, linz, austria plywood , PVC, synthetic foam, pigments 15.27 x 9.07 x 3.75 m

 

 

 

 

young brazilian artist henrique oliveira has conceived a number of new works – each one articulating stronger than ever his ability to transform three-dimensional spaces into a high-octane atmosphere of free-flowing energy. the pieces are generally characterized by natural materials carefully arranged to construct often large-scale, organic masses – the aesthetic in some ways referencing confronting anthropomorphic elements.

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira the interior of the large-scale artwork

 

 

 

the mixed media work is not only able to be viewed, but also experienced in an acutely immersive way, with one of his latest pieces ‘ursulinens prolapse’ featuring a provocative, textured and highly detailed interior able to be entered – submerging the viewer into the bowels of another world. the characteristic contours, rivulets and amoebic qualities of oliveira’s work has been informed by a childhood exposed to his father’s woodworking shop – where after studying studying social media, his career choice took another turn, deciding to ‘paint’ with wood – a material often used in the artist’s sculptures. oliveira manages to shackle the viewer to his work, requesting them to explore, question and most importantly – remain curious.

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira the environment is composed of synthetic foam

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira the sculpture spills out of the center

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira the work often references anthropomorphic qualities

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira another area of the ‘ursulinens prolapse’ installation – fabricated from wood

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira ‘liquid reality’, 2012 galeria millan, são Paulo, brazil site specific image © everton ballardin

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira image © everton ballardin

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira image © everton ballardin

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira ‘liquid reality’, 2012 galeria millan, são Paulo, brazil site specific image © everton ballardin

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira ‘desnatureza’, 2011
 galerie vallois image © aurélien mole

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira the sculpture is composed of paris
 plywood
 3.1 x 3.8 x 3.6 m image © aurélien mole

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira detail image © aurélien mole

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira ‘untitled’ (brushstroke), 2011
 boulder museum of contemporary art boulder
plywood and pigments
 11 x 3.5 x 1 m detail image

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira the work is characteristically organic

amoebic sculptures of henrique oliveira the artist intends to ‘paint’ with wood