Oscar Tuazon sculptural output develops from the cultivation of natural and industrial materials to produce quasi-architectural structures. Incorporating aspects of architecture and sculpture, his work positions itself between pre-established post-war practices and contemporary concepts of entropy, ruin, and reformation. Tuazon leverages the boundary between intentional and accidental actions, revealing the inherent fragility of materials that imply architectural and structural integrity—steel, wood, and glass. Traces of the artist’s labor lend a makeshift, DIY aesthetic while addressing formal and fundamental aspects of sculpture like balance, weight, and volume. Though the artist’s practice borrows from a lineage of weighty practices and materials, Tuazon strives to make an autonomous work of art. Meaning, an art object that “can stand on its own… that doesn’t need any kind of support structure… it can function on its own, but the only function the object is capable of is performing that of an artwork.”
Oscar Tuazon was born in Seattle in 1975. Recent solo exhibitions include Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; and Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich. Recent group exhibitions include “Deftig Barock, Von Cattelan bis Zurbaràn, Manifeste des prekärVitalen”, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich; “Heart in Hand”, Swiss Institute, New York; “Whitney Biennial 2012”, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; “The Language of Less”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and “ILLUMInations”, 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.