Oscar Tuazon's Live
Oscar Tuazon—LIVE, published in conjunction with the 2014 exhibition Alone In An Empty Room at Museum Ludwig in Cologne, is the second major book from this American artist. Composed of two volumes, this artist’s book/exhibition catalogue is a co-publication with Buchhandlung Walther König.
LIVE, vol. 1, concentrates on Tuazon’s major exhibition of new sculptural works at Museum Ludwig. A full-scale reproduction of fragments of the artist’s Los Angeles house grafted onto the architecture of the museum, Alone In An Empty Room collapsed two spaces together, producing a unique third space. This volume provides extensive documentation of this project, from the artist’s preliminary sketches through installation. It also includes new essays by Philipp Kaiser, Anna Brohm, and Antek Walczak, and a wide-ranging conversation between Tuazon, Miwon Kwon (Professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at UCLA), and Nico Machida on the practice of sculpture, architecture, and art.
LIVE, vol. 2, comprises a photographic monograph of selected works covering Tuazon’s unconventional production over the past five years. Combining documentation of significant individual works, exhibitions, large-scale installations, and the artist’s own production record of studio activity, this is a singular look at works in progress. LIVE, vol. 2, is the sequel to I Can’t See, the artist’s first comprehensive monograph, published in 2010.
Oscar Tuazon was born in 1975 in Seattle. He studied at Cooper Union and the Whitney Program in New York City, and lives and works in Los Angeles. His work—installations and sculptures on a large scale—usually combines natural and industrial materials. Characterized by a do-it-yourself ethos and a vernacular, minimalist aesthetic, his art questions the limits of objects and architecture, and redefines the physical experience of a building or space.