A new wave of artists are working with humble materials and returning to craftsmanship in their approach to art-making.
One of the most spectacular examples is the work of painter and sculptor Henrique Olivera, who creates amazingly large installations using layers of plywood – a scrap material generally used for fencing in his home town of Sao Paulo.
His latest project, Ursulinens Prolapse, is currently on show at the OK Offenes Kulturhaus in Linz, Austria. The immersive sculptural plywood collage encompasses the entranceway, foyer and even spills into the street.
Thinking of his work as a three dimensional painting, Olivera’s site-specific installations vibrate with life. The organic shapes breath into space, sometimes creating labyrinthine-like results that playfully invite the viewer to come close; meanwhile, others expand beyond a gallery’s limits to become part of a city’s urban skin.
Ursulinens Prolapse can be seen until 6 October at the OK Offenes Kulturhaus.
Photos courtesy Otto Saxinger.
OK Offenes Kulturhaus
OK Platz 1