henrique oliveira, ‘baitogogo’
view of the exposition
palais de tokyo, paris
photo © andré morin 

 

 

henrique oliveira
palais de tokyo, paris
now through september 9, 2013

 

 

 

a complex network of organic material invades the architecture at the palais de tokyo in paris, in brazilian artist henrique oliveira‘s ‘baitogogo’. the installation is a matrix of sculptural vegetation — unraveling, twisting, and plunging from existing pillars and beams. the massive form is both a hybrid of mediums and disciplines as well as a dimensional synthesis of site-specific structural elements. oliveira, known for his architectural integrations, manipulates the space by both extending and multiplying the columns, encasing the viewer in a dizzying circuit of knotted, root-like material. in a communion of urban design, plant life, and biology, the artist generates an immense audience reaction to the unexpected fusion of sculpture and space.

 

oliveira’s structural components are recycled from the brazilian urban landscape, consisting mainly of tapume wood sticks. the common construction material is typical to sao paolo streets, used to build fences or to isolate development sites from public access. using reclaimed wood native to his home as a medium, he references his brazilian culture and identity and reveals the physical and societal decay of much of the city’s urban fabric. oliveira draws influence from medical texts, biology and the study of physical pathologies such as tumors — evident in the complexity of his web-like structures, which liken themselves to the inter-connectivity of a human neural network.

 

 

 


the making of henrique oliveira’s ‘baitogogo’
video courtesy of my art agenda

 

 

henrique oliveira: baitogogo at palais de tokyo, paris
henrique oliveira, ‘baitogogo’
view of the exposition
palais de tokyo, paris
photo © andré morin

 

 

henrique oliveira: baitogogo at palais de tokyo, paris
henrique oliveira, ‘baitogogo’
view of the exposition
palais de tokyo, paris
photo © andré morin

 

 

henrique oliveira: baitogogo at palais de tokyo, paris
henrique oliveira, ‘baitogogo’
view of the exposition
palais de tokyo, paris
photo © andré morin

 

 

henrique oliveira: baitogogo at palais de tokyo, paris
henrique oliveira, ‘baitogogo’
palais de tokyo, paris
photo © marc domage

 

 

henrique oliveira: baitogogo at palais de tokyo, paris
henrique oliveira, ‘baitogogo’
palais de tokyo, paris
photo © marc domage

 

 

henrique oliveira: baitogogo at palais de tokyo, paris
henrique oliveira, ‘baitogogo’
palais de tokyo, paris
photo © marc domage

 

henrique oliveira
was born in sao paolo, brazil in 1973.
he attended the university of sao paolo for fine arts (bachelors degree, 2004) and visual poetics (masters degree, 2007).
oliveira lives and works sao paolo, brazil.