Spanish artist Vasco Maourão (aka Mister Mourão) has graduated from paper to sinewy wood cutouts as the support for his latest project Ouroborus. Circling in an infinite loop, the highly detailed ink drawings have no end and no beginning. It’s mesmerizing art that plays with the form and shape of each wood piece to create surreal architectural sketches.
Mourão begins by cutting plywood into a variety of shapes. Then, as an architect turned illustrator, he unleashes his obsessive mind for drawing onto the wood. The result is fanciful architectural drawings that flow into one another, creating an imaginary city without end. “Departing from my traditional medium of pen and paper, this is a new line of work that lies between a sculpture and a two dimensional drawing,” Mourão shares with us via email. “By working on plywood, these pieces are freed from the typical frame and the physical limits of the pieces are integral part of the work.”