Oscar Tuazon (born 1975 in Seattle) works in outdoor and interior space. His constructions extending out into three dimensions can break the bounds of a building or create new spaces, both visible and invisible. He articulates his great interest in physical labor and the genesis of an artwork through his pieces, which operate in the area between sculpture and architecture, as well as through his choice of materials, which above all include wood, metal, concrete and stone.
The forms he gives his works bring the ideas of Land Art together with Minimal Art and thus link a certain notion of abstraction with the actual construction, which is shaped by extreme physical demands and ever different spatial considerations. Tuazon often takes active part in the making of his pieces, working on site at highly diverse locations alongside laborers and specialists. This collective effort and communication adds a performative dimension to his work.
His practice is also influenced however by his deep reflections on the history of art from recent decades – his concrete references to Carl Andre, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson and also for instance Gordon Matta-Clark amount to a new positioning of the discourse about space, material and labor in contemporary art.
At the Museum Ludwig he will realize a unique piece on the wide open spaces of the staircase and with that posit a counter-argument to the existing architecture. The exhibition will extend over two stories, with standard repertoire elements from the architecture of a small house strewn about the entire space occupied by the staircase in the museum. The site-specific argument in this work hinges on the direct combination and juxtaposition of public and private space and the constructional characteristics and social requirements with which they are connected. Oscar Tuazon tests models in a new manner by thinking both concept and sculpture anew.