Monday, March 16, 2009
Artist Henrique Oliveira first became fascinated with plywood fence peeling in Sao Palo, Brazil where he began to notice the different layers and colors formed from the various enclosures and barriers in the city. The wood called tapumes, is ubiquitous in the Brazilian city. Oliviera harvested the remains of one such fence for his senior show. His current showcase is the progression of that initial effort, an undulated swirling mass of wood. He combines architecture, painting and sculpture techniques to create his forms, while utilizing materials found in Brazilian junkyards. His show Tapumes is playing at the Rico Gallery in Houston, Texas, but you can see more of his work here.