Rodrigo Oliveira

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For “Da Obra ao Texto” (From Work to Text), Rodrigo Oliveira’s first solo show in Porto, the young Lisbon-based artist brought together two sets of works. One reflects his ongoing investigation of the legacy of modernism in contemporary life, especially as seen in architecture. For example, 20792 (Unité d’habitación) (20792 [Housing Unity]), 2009, merges a Le Corbusier drawing of the color coding used in the facades of his Unité d’Habitation buildings in Marseille with another drawing, burned by the sun, representing the volume of those edifices. Construções complexas (Geografia da casa) (Complex Constructions [Geography of the House]), 2009, consists of a series of emergency floor plans like those found in corporate buildings, but manipulated in accordance with preliminary studies of dwellings of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, among other architects, in order to examine the dialectic

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