Oscar Tuazon creates large-scale sculptures and installations that investigate the physical space and contain references to and elements of Minimalist sensibilities, do-it-yourself aesthetics, and formal architectural practices. Born in 1975 in Seattle, the land of grunge music, Oscar Tuazon grew up in the Tacoma suburb, which he left to study art at the Cooper Union in New York. He subsequently attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, and worked under Vito Acconci at Acconci Studio. Osc ar Tuazon moved to Paris, where in 2007 he set up one of the most dynamic collective projects in the city – Castillo/Coralles – comprised of artists, curators, writers and critics. Tuazon’s work is characterized by his attention to everything that society throws away. Debris and recycled remains become the structure of his sculptures, where beams and planks of wood found in the street or on building sites, assembled with concrete, iron or steel, become the protagonists of his projects, infused with energy and tension that suggest deep meanings.
Oscar Tuazon lives and works in Paris. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include: Standard, Oslo (2009); Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (2009); Michele Maccarone, New York and Jonathan Viner, London (2008); Seattle Art Museum (2008); and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007). Recent group exhibitions include: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo (Marco), Vigo (2009); Kunsthalle St Gallen, St Gallen (2008); Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, St Louis; Sculpture Center, New York (2008). Oscar Tuazon is represented by Balice/Hertling in Paris, Standard in Oslo, Michele Maccarone in New York and Jonathan Viner in London.