Wood, metal, stone and concrete are the materials used by Oscar Tuazon. Inspired by the do-it-yourself aesthetics as well as by the history of art and building, his constructions move between sculpture and architecture.
They are created outside or inside and appear bulky and "useless" at first glance. But some are also playable, can be converted, used.
The artist, born in the USA in 1975, is interested in creative processes: he sees the collective physical work, effort and communication as part of his work. This is also shaped by Tuazon's engagement with art history. His works bring ideas of Land Art into contact with Minimal Art; Content links with Carl Andre, Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson or Gordon Matta-Clark give the discourse on space, material and work in contemporary art a new twist.
The site-specific project in the Museum Ludwig intervenes in the large staircase of the Museum Ludwig. Tuazon uses concrete, glass, metal and other building materials to erect architectural set pieces of a private house. He began his work as part of the new collection presentation Not Yet Titled in the basement of the museum, where he placed a self-made garage door on the floor. But he also uses the museum's architecture, for example when he recreates a revolving door on the museum's terrace.
Oscar Tuazon has lived and worked in Paris since 2007, where he co-founded the castillo/corrales gallery, run by an artist collective. Tuazon has lived in Los Angeles since 2013. He studied at the Cooper Union School of Art and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. In 2011, Tuazon was represented at the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2013 he was presented with solo exhibitions in the Schinkel Pavilion in Berlin and in the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam.
The artist is present.
Duration of the exhibition: 15.2. - 13.7. 2014
Opening: Friday, February 14, 7 p.m
Photo credits: Oscar Tuazon, Installation view Kunsthalle Bern, 2010, Photo: Dominique Uldry, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
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