Trees are embodied water, bodies of water, petrified fire, water on fire. A tree is a sculpture with no author, a sculpture of water… changing from seed, to plant, to tree, to log, to board, to frame, to building, to pulp, to paper, to ash, to dirt, and back again. — Oscar Tuazon*
An exhibition of new sculptural works by Tuazon is on view in Tribeca through mid-April. See link below.
“PUBIC SPACE, an online reading and conversation, features one of my favorite poets in the world, CedarSigo, and the mind-boggling sculptor Oscar Tuazon. Oscar and I collaborated on a major exhibition in 2016 that combined poetry and monumental sculpture in unusual ways. We all know what a portentous year 2016 was. It was also a time I was healing from severe PTSD. (Long story—which we will go into in due time.) Oscar and Cedar have known each other since childhood and are longtime collaborators.
“I thought it would be useful for us three, and all of you, to talk about just what constitutes public space on stolen land, about the true function and meaning of monuments, about the sexuality of totalitarian and anarchist aesthetics, about grief and its relationship to objects, about the speed of poetry and the slowness of space, about what language builds, about poetry’s relationship to structure, and more.”
This is the closing weekend for OSCAR TUAZON—WATER SCHOOL at the Eli and Edythe Broad ArtMuseum at Michigan State University.
“In 1968, engineer and inventor Steve Baer self-published the Dome Cookbook, a treatise on mathematics, do-it-yourself architecture, and off-the-grid living. Three years later he created his Zome Home in the foothills overlooking Albuquerque. The house remains one of the earliest modern examples of passive solar architecture; the sun’s energy is collected during the day and stored in drums of water installed in large, bay windows, which then provide heat during the night.
“This unique structural system, and the larger countercultural DIY building and environmental movements of the 1960s and 1970s, form the basis for Tuazon ’s latest conceptual and material research. For his exhibition at MSU Broad—curated by Steven L. Bridges—Tuazon continues his investigations of the relationship between art, architecture, and environmental sustainability, with specific consideration of the exhibition’s immediate context: Michigan and the Great Lakes region.”*
The Water School has grown out of thinking about what role art making can play in building community and culture. — Oscar Tuazon
“As the title suggests, Tuazon will initiate the latest version of his Water School, while also bridging the conversation in Michigan with the artist’s schools in California and Minnesota. These schools are spaces for formal and informal learning, opportunities to specifically address water, land rights, and other socio-environmental issues, connecting local concerns with national and global conversations.”*
Oscar Tuazon‘s sculptural works made in collaboration with artists and writers Ariana Reines, Matias Faldbakken, Elias Hansen, and Vito Acconci are now on view at the Bellevue ArtsMuseum—Tuazon’s first solo museum show in his native Washington State.
The exhibition—COLLABORATOR—also includes work in honor of Leonard Peltier, and “new sculptures and site-responsive interventions that respond, in part, to the porous, light-filled nature of architect Steven Holl‘s design” for the museum’s third floor galleries.*
For art and fashion lovers: In 2013 the artist Max Hooper Schneider created a silk scarf edition with P.P.M. Studio, Milan. We are offering the edition for purchase, as well as his last available original artwork from this series—dense, hand-drawn graphic lines recalling imaginative worlds and biologies—which will be part of a forthcoming book published by DoPe Press in September 2019.
In addition, we have invited some friends and family from Paris to share their publications and journals: ParaguayPress, MAY, and Profane.
From top: Cassi Namoda, Love and compromise between a clock and hyena, 2018, from “Selected Paintings,” PARIS LA 16; Liz Craft, …my life in the sunshine–Liz Craft 2006-2017 page layout; image from PARIS LA 16, drawing of Lotta Volkova by Cédric Rivrain, 2018; image from PARIS LA 14, photograph of Elizabeth Schmitt Jennerjahn and Robert Rauschenberg at Black Mountain College by Hazel Larsen Archer; image from Alex Hubbard, Eat Your Friends (DoPe Press, 2015); Max Hooper Schneider, silk scarf edition for P.P.M. Studio, 2013, photograph by Nuage Lepage, 2019; image from PARIS LA 14, Juliana Huxtable, Sympathy for the Martyr, 2015; image from Oscar Tuazon, Live (DoPe Press and Buchhandlung Walther König, 2014); cover image, Pentti Monkkonen, Box Truck Paintings (DoPe Press, 2014); PARIS LA 16 inside covers, Michèle Lamy, photograph by Katerina Jebb, 2018.