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Gallery installation of the frames of a building with pitched roof
Gallery installation of the frames of a building with pitched roof

Building by Oscar Tuazon inside the Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland.    PHOTO BY RETO KAUFMANN COURTESY THE ARTIST

Building, on view at the Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland, is a mid-career retrospective of the work of American sculptor Oscar Tuazon (born 1975) with a focus on his architectural works. This large-scale sculptures dismantle conventional building components, reassembling them to create space for encounter, exploration, and discovery.

The exhibition, which is open until April 30, 2023, display’s a personal side to the artist’s work. Its focal point is a piece inspired by the artist’s ongoing project to reconstruct a house he found unfinished in the woods of Washington State that he has been working on with his family over the past ten years. Tuazon refashioned the house as a walk-in sculpture and meeting place—slightly scaled down from the original—featuring a fireplace and artist-designed windows.

“It’s a radical kind of abstraction,” Tuazon says. “Taking that building from its original site and then also by scaling it down, it really changes what the use and the meaning of that building are. For me, the shift is really to take a private home, a domestic house, and transform it into a public space.”

The artist sees his works as platforms for social interaction. Collaborative processes and do-it-yourself strategies are as crucial in realizing his installations as coincidences, which he not only accepts but continuously integrates. He erects temporary constructions with craftsmen and technicians that upset the normative power of institutional architecture and for which he “uses the tools of architecture in a deprofessionalized way.”

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