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When the Canvas is Space: The Lisbon Wireman

At the time augmented reality is making its way into our lives, whether by simulating scenarios on TV show sets, experiencing it first hand thanks to applications on our smartphones, or in the news from expected new uses, we discover an artist who is able to provide us with other realities that we can observe without the need to use any other device.

Under the nickname “The Lisbon Wireman“, David Oliveira has the ability to draw -literally- on space itself. That’s right, the Portuguese artist has dedicated his years since finishing his studies in fine arts to explore and experiment in the field of sculpture using fresh designs made with wires that do not envy, for example, any of the drawings of the well known architect Alvaro Siza.

Indeed, if we compare the lines of the second with the works of the first, we are captivated by the sensation that these sculptures give us, making us feel as if they were drawings floating in space. Drawings that have left the paper to be experienced from different angles, including new dimensions, or perhaps adding new definitions to what a sketch can be.

Throughout his years of work, we can see how the author explores different facets of these imaginary models. He unravels and recognizes different layers. In some works he seems to be trying to shape the external physical appearance of the elements portrayed, in others he focuses his attention on knowing the anatomy, the inner forms that make up those bodies. There are also those moments in which he decides to mix both, generating models that are capable of showing us forms, structures, various realities that he makes visible to us simultaneously.

In the same way that drawing relies on different tools and techniques to generate new forms of expression, David exploits such common materials as fabrics, sponges or nets to provide these sculptures with textures. These effects are increased when the author takes into account the presence of light to generate atmospheres that connect with our spirituality. It is then when these drawings that use space as a canvas reach their climax.

There are times when more technology is not synonymous with more progress. The work of The Lisbon Wireman reminds us how resourcefulness and creativity, guided by passion, can lead to surprises. They are experiences that invite us to reflect, that touch us. A lesson made with materials so ordinary that even we can find them in the most remote places of our grandparents’ homes.

All images belong to the author and can be found on his website.

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