Spring Exhibitions 2011: Oliveira and Bernstein at BMoCA


    • Thu, Mar 24, 2011 – Sun, Jun 5, 2011 • Tues-Fri 11am- 5pm and Sat-Sun 11am-4pm

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    LOCATION: Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art - 1750 13th St

    CATEGORIES: Arts & Entertainment

    Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to present:

    Spring Exhibitions 2011: Henrique Oliveira and Jessica Moon Bernstein

    Henrique Oliveira

    For his solo exhibition at BMoCA, Henrique Oliveira has created a site-specific installation. 

    Oliveria has received international attention for these installations, most recently at the 2010 São Paulo International Biennial. Usually built from discarded weathered fencing materials collected from construction sites throughout the city of São Paulo, these “tridimensionals” are immense structures that span the disciplines of painting, sculpture, and architecture.

    Broken pieces of plywood are arranged in undulating layers like the thick gestural brushstrokes of a painting, linking these constructs visually and conceptually to Abstract Expressionism. Their winding, biomorphic shapes swell into the gallery space, disrupting the smooth angularity of the surrounding walls with unyielding verve.

    A number of Oliveira’s vibrant acrylic paintings complement the installation.

    These charismatic allover compositions of lush abstraction are splurges of color and movement. Distinguished by unrestrained fluidity, the paintings reveal Oliveira’s resolute stylistic intent.

    The exhibition is funded in part by the Embassy of Brazil and Sue Cannon.




    Jessica Moon Bernstein: Ourrubberos

    Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art invited Boulder-based artist Jessica Moon Bernstein to transform its Union Works Gallery with a site-specific installation.

    Bernstein works with recycled materials and non-decomposing waste such as mass-produced plastics to create intricately textured sculptures and reliefs. She frequently uses bicycle inner tubes–a material that is as common and abundant as it is environmentally problematic.

    Bernstein comments on the ubiquitous effects of mass production and uncontained consumerism on our landscapes and expresses concern over the increased loss of ethnic diversity and unique cultures through globalization. The exhibition title, Ourrubberos, is a slight variation from the term ouroboros, which refers to the ancient symbol depicting a serpent eating its own tail. This sign stands as a reminder for the cyclicality of life as it repeats and constantly reinvents itself. Bernstein’s reincarnation of inner tube rubber as building material for her work, suggests new possibilities for an object otherwise rendered obsolete by puncture.

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