Oscar Tuazon

«Erector» 2011/2012
Sammlung Hesta AG
Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich © Oscar Tuazon

Oscar Tuazon (*1976)
«Erector», 2011
«I Put Food on the Table», 2012
«The Carnal Plane», 2013
«Walk through Walls», 2017

Oscar Tuazon is almost obsessed with the process of building a house, or rather the character of domesticity. He is interested in the relationship between architecture, the individual components and the social space that all these parts connect. Principles of nature and his commitment to sustainability are as crucial as working with existing found materials. His sculptures become spaces: walls, openings, windows are essential components. Some of his works are cover versions of works by various Minimal Art artists, which he recreates as an act of perpetuation and admiration, processed with his own physical effort. Instead of plans, drawings or explanations, Tuazon prefers to work directly by hand and also with a team. He explains that he gets better solutions that way. The works exhibited in the entrance hall are made of readily available materials, which are assembled in a strikingly modular way and whose nature matches their purpose.

«Erector» consists of five raw wooden beams of different lengths, interlocked, which together form a different shape depending on the angle of the view. With each shift of the viewing point, a whole new form of the work becomes visible.

«The Carnal Plane» resembles a light or a traffic light. The brute, almost three meters high sculpture, consists of a concrete table, from the center of which rise three iron beams placed side by side, offset with wired fluorescent tubes, giving light in all directions.

«Walk through Walls» is a work from a series of double-walled windows. For the artist, a window means «the possibility of going through the wall». In this work, he was inspired by architectural features that he learned through his studies of the desert commune Drop City in Colorado. He fills the empty space between the glass panes with various materials such as corrugated iron, a laptop, old instruction manuals, plans and polystyrene balls.

«I put Food on the Table» is reminiscent of a wooden children's playground. It is a habitable mini staircase landscape, a cave with a small platform, with entrances and exits as well as a staircase leading to nowhere. If the base structure, built of simple wood, were to stand outdoors, it would probably be hijacked as a shelter in no time.

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