The Portuguese artist creates wire sculptures that seem to be hand drawn.

David Oliveira's floating sculptures made of wire
Lisbon - NOV 27, 2013

The Portuguese artist David Oliveira creates wire sculptures that resemble hand drawn sketches. Against the white walls of a gallery, the black wire he uses recalls ink rapidly scribbled onto a piece of paper that loosely captures the form of a person, an animal or a common object.

David Oliveira's floating sculptures made of wire

©David Oliveira

Oliveira explores the potential of line and space through his sculptures, playing with detailed optical illusions that force a tri-dimensional perspective completed by the empty space that surrounds the piece. The viewer must fill in the gaps and imagine the volume in order to see the character portrayed.

David Oliveira's floating sculptures made of wire

©David Oliveira

His style is spontaneous and surprisingly realistic, despite its tendency to reduce the geometric shapes to their simplest, almost abstract, form. Sometimes Oliveira takes the illusion to another level by suspending the figure in mid-air with the help of an invisible cable. The sculpture then seem to be floating freely in space, as if the "drawing" had magically lifted itself off the drawing surface, allowing the viewer to perceive its false tri-dimensional volume from different angles.

David Oliveira's floating sculptures made of wire

©David Oliveira

David Oliveira's floating sculptures made of wire

©David Oliveira

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