curated by Sabine Schaschl
4 June to 6 September 2020 / Opening: 3 June, 6 pm
Museum Haus Konstruktiv is dedicating a solo exhibition to Oscar Tuazon (b. 1975 in Seattle, lives and works in Los Angeles). With a selection of works from the past ten years, the show outlines the diverse oeuvre of this American artist, who operates at the interface between sculpture and architecture.
At first glance, the sculptural constructions and interventions by Oscar Tuazon create the impression of improvised built structures. Indeed, it is not uncommon for them to be put together on site. And, they are made from industrially manufactured and sometimes recycled materials, such as steel, concrete, wood or glass. The do-it-yourself aesthetics that characterize Tuazon’s works contrast with their meticulous planning, their technically and physically demanding implementation by a collective, and the objects’ precise positioning in the urban, natural or museum space. His engagement with ideas from land art and minimal art thus gives rise to works that are nuanced and unwieldy at the same time. The complexity of their form and content also bears up to a second and third glance.
The Swiss public is likely to have been aware of Tuazon since Art Basel 2016 at the latest. During that exhibition, Messeplatz served as the venue for this artist’s presentation of his Baer Zome House: an installation with eleven polyhedral wooden room modules, the design of which harked back to the so-called Zomes by Steve and Holly Baer, pioneers of solar technology and architecture. These almost freely extendible dwellings were first experimented with at the end of the 1960s in collaboration with the Drop City commune in rural Southern Colorado. Visionary approaches to sustainable architecture accompanied Tuazon all throughout the 2010s and remain key reference points for his work to this day.
For Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Oscar Tuazon is conceiving a comprehensive exhibition with works spanning the period from the late 2000s to the present day, so this solo show provides an overview of his energetic and sometimes brutal artistic practice. It also generates a particular sense of topicality, especially against the backdrop of current discussions on climate change, sustainability and alternative lifestyles.
Oscar Tuazon, The artist is present, 2018, Exhibition view Galerie Eva Presenhuber. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich / New York (1) / See through, 2017, Exhibition view Yuz Museum. Courtesy the artist and Gucci (2)