Title: Desnatureza 3 [Unnature 3]
Materials: Plywood, cardboard and glue
Size: 7.6 x 9 x 6 m
Commissioned by the PIPA Institute, the installation by Henrique Oliveira was designed to occupy the staircase of the entrance building – a place of passage where there is a connection with the exhibition hall of the Institute. Thus, the stairs become sculpture and experience. In the words of Luiz Camillo Osorio, curator of the PIPA Institute, the work, which resembles the textures and branches of a tree, “advances on architecture and destabilizes circulation a little in the space itself.” It is almost as if nature reclaims and retakes its space that had previously been taken by the building.
Oliveira also considered the entrance of the Villa as an ideal place for the installation, because, behind the stairs, there is a wall of stones and, outside the building, a tree that complements the concept of the work. He says that the elements, whose origins are natural, mix with the aesthetics of work.
Henrique Oliveira is internationally renowned for works made with wood strips, has already been invited to exhibit his sculptures in several cities of the country, such as Porto Alegre, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, as well as countries such as France, Argentina, United States, Mexico, Australia. However, this is the first time that a site-specific work of the artist is commissioned in Brazil. Until then, Oliveira says that he had already produced long works for other national institutions, but the sculpture that occupies the Villa Aymoré stairway is the artist’s first work thought to permanently occupy a space in the country.