Oscar Tuazon’s practice occupies a position between visual art, architecture, and activism. Chain Letters is a series of works on paper by Tuazon that calls attention to the dialogue surrounding the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) pipeline, highlighting letters written both in support of and in opposition to the controversial project. The proposed SNWA pipeline is of particular significance for Tuazon as it affects the area of Cedar Spring, Nevada, where the artist plans to establish the Cedar Spring Water School, a permanent, site-specific architectural installation.
This Water School, which will be located on a remote area of desert land with access to natural springs, will function as a hub for discussion and education focused on the preservation of clean and sustainable water sources. In this region, the natural springs that have served the community and environment for thousands of years are at risk of being siphoned through the SNWA pipeline to supply more commercial areas, including Las Vegas. The Cedar Spring Water School will become a monument to the fight for natural resources.
Tuazon currently has a solo exhibition, Water School, focusing on this project at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Upcoming shows in 2019 include a rooftop commission at the Aspen Art Museum, and a solo exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington.