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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"A poet is someone who can fuck people just by speaking to them. ...The work is fucking the space."

Posted by on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 3:40 PM

There's news in the zooming career of Oscar Tuazon, an artist who grew up in Indianola, went to school at Cooper Union, for a while came back and lived in Tacoma and named his daughter Tacoma, then moved to Paris: He's now one of three finalists for a commission in an empty lot across from the Pulitzer Foundation in St. Louis.

What will he propose for the "temporary, largely self-sustaining construction, landscape strategy, or other similar intervention" when the plans are unveiled publicly July 30? He's the only individual artist on the list; the other finalists are design collective Rebar and collaborative Freecell Architecture.

Recall the Invasion of Elar in Seattle in 2008, when Tuazon and his brother, Eli Hansen, had simultaneous shows at Howard House, Seattle Art Museum, and Western Bridge.

Since then, they've each fully launched individually. Hansen's launch would look spectacular if Tuazon's weren't so freaking world-dominating—Whitney Biennial, Venice Biennale, London, et cetera.

These are interesting artists, yes, but their appeal is also easily understood considering a contemporary art world hungry to escape its own outsized commercialism and uncomfortably in-built individualism, and its current love affair with communalist utopias—for better and worse. Hansen and Tuazon are tough, hippie, theoretical, sensual, eco, communitarian, working-class-signifyin'.

Their SAM installation was based on a hut they traveled way out to punishingly remote Kodiak, Alaska, and built. Other pieces were inspired by hanging out with a pair of liberationists who live way off the grid in Oregon. At Brooklyn Bridge Park, Tuazon's created People, three sculptures using trees: a tree that becomes a fountain, a tree that becomes a room, and a tree that holds up a handball wall and a basketball hoop. People is up through October.

On the occasion of People opening, Tuazon gave a performance/poem/talk/slideshow at the New School, video below. The talk was "not what we expected," said the curator. It is pretty much entirely a talk about sex. A chair is bisexual. He, Tuazon, is "some wet and unfortunate fuck thing." Poetry readings are painfully full of men comparing themselves to penises. I was grateful when, after he finished, Tuazon laughed and said, "That was fun," as if it had at least somewhat been an act.

 

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Sounds like the sort of fucking stupid self important thing a poet would say
Posted by Reader01 on July 23, 2013 at 4:01 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 2
Poetry : "stilted sentences that make no sense"
- Sargon Bighorn

Posted by Sargon Bighorn on July 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM · Report this
alpha unicorn 3
Tremendo paquete.
Posted by alpha unicorn on July 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM · Report this
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Poetry is arguably the most easily-made-awful art form.
Posted by The CHZA on July 24, 2013 at 8:33 AM · Report this
south downtown 5
wow
Posted by south downtown on July 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM · Report this
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Mr.Tuazon should have kept his mouth shut...

and let his grunge/nouveau environmentalist/nw wilderness man/homesteader-hippie/utopian off-the-grid/70's B.S./ Mother Earth News Lovin' P.R. mystique keep working it's magic for him-because there is clearly little intellect nor ability to present there. The 'wow' factor is in the shocking lack of quality in his content and delivery. It smacks of the moment-especially here in the ol' PNW where we embarrassingly reek of this vernacular schtick. Keep stammering along Oscar-they'll all figure you out soon enough...
Posted by sticksnstones on July 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM · Report this
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its kool
Posted by skaterluvn on July 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM · Report this
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You are high-larious sticksnstones (high-brow-larious?). Oscar is the single most successful artist to emerge from Seattle in the last, what, 25 years? You're probably right with, "they'll all figure you out soon enough..."--let's take a look at ALL the places Oscar has fooled in just the last 4 years (I'm still waiting for each one of their obviously retarded curator's heads to roll!):

Ludwig Museum, Cologne
Museo Madre, Naples
Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
Dependance, Brussels
Balice Hertling, Paris
Centre d’édition contemporaine, Genève
Fondazione Giuliani, Rome
Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
Maccarone, New York
Standard (Oslo), Oslo
Brescia, Italy
Power Station, Dallas
Rat Hole Gallery, Japan
Jonathan Viner Gallery, London
Institute of Contemporary Art, London
Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland
Parc St. Leger, France
Centre international d’art et du paysage, Ile de la Vassivière, France
Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany
David Roberts Foundation, London
Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway
The Power Plant, Toronto
Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
La Duane/Chantal Crousel, Paris
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Forde, Genève
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
54th Venice Biennial, Venice
Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
Sprüth Magers Berlin, Berlin
Musée Juif de Bengique, Brussels
Art Brussels, Brussels
SAKS, Geneva
Western Bridge, Seattle, Washington
Le Magasin, Grenoble, France
Migros Museum fur Gegenwartkunst, Zurich
Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
WIELS Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels
Baibakov Art Foundation Moscow
Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea di Monfalcone, Monfalcone, Italy
Fondazione Giuliani, Rome
La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse, France
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Or Gallery, Vancouver
Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Geneva
Galerie Eduard-Manet, Genevilliers, France
Cooper Union, New York
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York
IPS, Birmingham, UK
Evento Bordeaux, France
CAPC, Bordeaux, France
castillo/corrales, Paris
MARCO, Vigo. Spain
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis, Missouri
More...
Posted by dupedcuratorseverywhere on July 25, 2013 at 7:15 AM · Report this
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hey 'duped'(@8) Have a look back at the last 50 years of art rags and see how many of those celebrated art stars you recognize-very few. Your list speaks to a successful artist from Seattle living and working in Europe-its called the business of Art. Time will tell. BTW-your name choice of 'duped' is an ironic one. Remember:

All that glitters is not gold...
Posted by sticksnstones on July 25, 2013 at 6:52 PM · Report this
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I disagree that "a museum needs a friend", it does not. They're even more beautiful when devoid of art. However, I would suggest that a museum does enjoy the occasional fuck buddy. Also, the reason that it's difficult to disengage art from museums is because art is like a male dog's boner, which is difficult to separate from a bitch once the sexual act has begun. It would be so fun to continue this conversation with the artist in a less formal setting. Perhaps he should have warned the audience of his nervousness and ideas of artistic fuckery before beginning the lecture.
Posted by Steve McCall on September 13, 2013 at 9:40 AM · Report this

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