Henrique Oliveira’s installation Baitogogo at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

Photo courtesy of André Morin

Henrique Oliveira’s installation Baitogogo at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

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.

Photo courtesy of André Morin

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.

Photo courtesy of Marc Domage

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.

Photo courtesy of Marc Domage

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.

Henrique Oliveira
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
Now through September 9, 2013

more. www.henriqueoliveira.com

 

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