Oscar Tuazon works with natural and industrial materials to create objects, structures, and installations that can be used, occupied, or otherwise engaged by viewers. With a strong interest and influence from architecture and minimalism, Tuazon turns both disciplines on its head as he mangles, twists, combines, and connects steel, glass, concrete, two-by-fours, tree trunks, burnt wood, and found objects. The artist produces objects and environments that draw out humanity’s relationship to buildings, interior and exterior spaces, and other objects and structures. He focuses on raising awareness and presenting alternatives – rethinking the tools and equipment that we use to build, as well as the construction techniques we employ, and the ambitions we have for building; inhabiting and being part of a landscape while preserving it.
Oscar Tuazon (b. 1975, Seattle, WA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and Oil City, WA. Recent institutional solo exhibitions include Oscar Tuazon: Fire Worship at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (2020); Oscar Tuazon: Collaborator at Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA (2019); Oscar Tuazon: Water School at MSU Broad Museum, East Lansing, MI (2019); Oscar Tuazon: Hammer Projects at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Studio at Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2015); and Sensory Spaces 1, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2013). He has been commissioned for numerous public art works including Growth Rings for Central Wharf Park in Boston, MA (2019); a large-scale installation Une colonne d’eau in the Place Vendôme, Paris, France (2017); and Un pont sans fin for Nouveaux Commanditaires, Belfort, France (2016). Tuazon’s work has been exhibited in numerous institutional group exhibitions around the world, among them the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (2021); Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago, IL (2019); Skulptur Projekte, Münster, Germany (2017); Documenta 14, Athens, Greece (2017); Triennale d’art contemporain de Beaufort, Ostend, Belgium (2015); Whitney Biennial, New York, NY (2012); and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2011).