The folds, curves, and caverns of Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s monumental installations confront the viewer with a voluptuous magnificence. Painstakingly constructed of strips of weathered plywood, the site-specific works invade the space in an almost parasitic manner – protruding from walls and wrapping around architectural structures to suggest forms found in nature and the human body. Oliveira’s installations speak to the human experience on a physical and universal level.
His work for the Projective Eye Gallery will cover the 22-foot gallery wall with forms, colors, and textures created from recycled, locally-sourced laminate wood. Oliveira will be in Charlotte a full month to build this installation. The gallery will host a lecture and process party on Friday, January 17, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. The exhibit will be on display from January 31 through March 12.
Oliveira’s accomplishments include fellowships at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African Art in DC, the Cite International in Paris, the Fiat Mostra Brazil, Projeteis FUNARTE de Arte Contemporanea in Rio de Janeiro, and the CNI SESI Marcantonio Vilaca for the Arts. His installations and flatworks have been seen in exhibits continuously throughout Brazil, including the São Paulo Biennial, as well as in Paris, Mexico (the Monterrey Biennial), and in the U.S. in Miami, Boulder, Houston, and Washington, D.C.
The opening reception on Friday, January 31 is free and open to the public and features a collaborative performance with music and dance by College of Arts + Architecture faculty John Allemeier and E.E. Balcos, inspired by Oliveira’s work.