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Oscar Tuazon

Exhibition from June 22 until October 27, 2012
Opening on Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 6pm

Oscar Tuazon or the liberating potential of construction

The work of Oscar Tuazon seems to be a natural extension of childhood, as obvious as building a wooden hut or exploring the forest. Tuazon never goes into architecture, he always stays below construction rules, safeguarding the freedom of building, by instinct, for the pleasure of taking possession of a place that would become for a while his living space, his home. Building as an extension of one’s self, of one’s body and movements. The gesture and the process of assembling are part of his pieces that must be understood as forms of appropriation, of experimentation, of « real-life » experiences. In an interview published in his catalogue I can’t see, Tuazon explains: « I want to make something with its own life, its own needs, a living thing. »

The issue isn’t sculpture or even installation, nor narration or imitation or symbolism: OT’s constructions result in empirical experience, in transposing a lifestyle beyond constraints of an exhibition space. They are part of a nomadic spirit and draw closer to initiatory wandering, on the search for symbiosis with nature until reaching the edges of survival. In Leave Me Be, a text published on the occasion of three recent solo exhibitions, Tuazon describes a long and wild peregrination, real or fantasized, a run to ruin with drugs, sex, a hostile nature, complete solitude, until the discovery of a house, his house, a metaphor for his identity and his work. « It had taken me seven days to get there. I forced a window and pulled myself inside. It was dark and cool, water dripping from the ceiling. And that’s the end of it, That’s it, That’s it, pertaining to me. » Tuazon’s issues call up numerous references linking wide open spaces with American writers and culture: from heroic exaltation of an untamed world and communion with nature to protest, anarchist and libertarian movements of the 19th century until today. There probably is a direct relationship between the self-sufficient experience of the philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (Walden or Life in the Woods), Jack London’s adventure story in the North (The Call of the Wild) and the Beat Generation, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. More recent references would include Gerry by Gus Van Sant, Christopher McCandless’ life journey narrated by Jon Krakauer and adapted into a film by Sean Penn (Into the Wild) and Ang Lee’s two cowboys in Brokeback Mountain, but we could also mention the novels of Irish author Michael Collins, showing a more distanced influence, nevertheless strongly marked by the American « on the road » mythology. The road is a tool for self-discovery, just like solitude in the middle of nature, away from social organisation will lead – according to precursors like Thoreau – to the rise of civil disobedience, to a desire for freedom and to new nonconformist ideas that emerge throughout the 20th century: communitarianism, pacifism, libertarians tending to radical anarchy, ultra marginalism like the one of Jan Kaczynski, a.k.a. The Unabomber, and all the current and less individualistic movements, such as anti-capitalism, alter-globalism and ecology.

Tuazon follows an alternative way of life in symbiosis with the natural elements, close to the idea of self-management, of DIY or to the concept of VONU (« VOluntary Non vUlnerable », described by Rayo in his book VONU: The Search for Personal Freedom). His work is the primary vector giving shape to these ideas of emancipation: it is a way of testing the resistance of materials stretched to the limits of construction norms, of testing his projects that repeatedly confront the reluctance of artistic institutions. As an echo, it also is a way to oppose the establishment of certain rules and constraints that govern society, culture or the world of contemporary art.

This desire for independence and autonomy has often encouraged OT to participate in collective initiatives such as the creation of the independent bookshop, gallery and publishing house Castillo/Corrales in Paris, together with Thomas Boutoux, Laure Giletti, Boris Gobille, Guillaume Leblon, François Piron and Benjamin Thorel. He also creates some works together with his brother Elias Hansen, an artist as well, and contributes texts, photographs or interviews to the magazine Paris, LA published by his partner Dorothée Perret. Oscar Tuazon maintains a very strong relationship with text, book and editing and this constitutes another extremely important side of his artistic engagement. Though he excludes the narrative and the drama from his constructions, wanting them the nearest possible to the constructing experience, Tuazon writes in order to retrace the story of the creation of his pieces and to control the discourse on his work: a discourse he would like to keep as independent as possible from the one on art. Making books he often fabricates himself, like Dwelling Portably #1 (2009), Leave Me Be #3 (2009), is part of the same search for autonomy. For Tuazon, the book is an object that encloses his text, drawings, references, and that becomes another construction, another place, another body.

After the book Working Drawing, released in January 2012 and edited by the CEC, Oscar Tuazon will exhibit from June 22 until October 27, 2012, at our venue. He will show for the first time and in exclusivity for this exhibition a series of large-scale and unreleased drawings.

LIST
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Complete list
of exhibitions
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(1989—2019)
 


2019

TIMOTHÉE CALAME
ALTERA
Spring Sale Time
LE CEC à la LA Art Book Fair 2019
artgenève
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
What to wear to a concert? Tips for concert outfits: wear your best punk jacket with the right patches !
“A patch meant to be fixed to the back of your jacket depicting relevant cultural affiliations”


2018

Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
The Meadow
Salon MAD#4 (Multiple Art Days)
Paris 2018
Entrelacs
Victor Man invites Navid Nuur
Valentin Carron, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, François Curlet…
artgenève


2017

Jonathan Monk
Directional Advice
Thomas Hirschhorn
Flashforward
Edited by the CEC!
Focus: Mélanie Matranga
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o Section 7 Books, Paris
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o SALTS, Birsfelden/Basel
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Jakob Kolding
The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised
Jean-Michel Wicker
BBiblioteca ffanafffantastica
artgenève
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
Belle étiquette


2016

Presentation of the book
Mathis Gasser
In the Museum 1 2 (3),
Regulators 1 2 n
Presentation of the edition
Artists’ Voices
Valentin Carron
Deux épaisseurs un coin
Mathis Gasser
Sept sont tombés vers le ciel
Works on paper
Artists’ Voices
Prolongation
artgenève


2015

Artists’ Voices
Extract
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2015
Jason Dodge
David Maljkovic
with
Konstantin Grcic
Negatives
artgenève


2014

WINTER SALE
AND
ALPHABET EDITIONS
Raphaël Julliard
Chromozone
Oriol Vilanova
Renoncer à te décrire
artgenève


2013

Artissima, Turin
Edited!
NY Art Book Fair
David Hominal
Through The Windows
Jonathan Monk
Egg
artgenève


2012

Posters
Salon Light #9, Paris
NY Art Book Fair
Oscar Tuazon
Salon des Dames
artgenève
Jeffrey Vallance
The Vallance Bible
Nouvelles éditions
Oscar Tuazon
Book Launch c/o Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich


2011

Aaron Flint Jamison
Philippe Decrauzat
Book Launch c/o Motto Zürich
Abstractions sentimentales et quelques éditions, Cneai, Paris
Philippe Decrauzat
NYSTAGMUS
Gerard Byrne
For example; a sketch of Five Elevations, 1971-72
Presentation of the book
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava


2010

Présentation de l’édition de Pierre Bismuth Something Less, Something More – DIY
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava
Céramiques et porcelaines Made in West Germany, 1960-1980
“Encadrées”
Susanne M. Winterling
They Called Each Other Horses
Changement d’accrochage: Heimo Zobernig
Fröhliche Gesellschaft,
Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart


2009

Editions vs. objets
Erik van Lieshout
The Assistant
T. Quelques possibilités de textes
EDITIONS (suite…)
Présentation du catalogue
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007,
castillo/corrales, Paris


2008

EDITIONS (2004-2008)
Presentation of
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
at Maison de la poésie, Basel
Trisha Donnelly
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
Olivier Bardin
You belong to me I belong to you
Editions récentes


2007

Gianni Motti
Perpetual Channel
Anne-Julie Raccoursier
Wireless World, BAC, Genève
Otra de Vaqueros (Redux), BAC, Genève
Habitat/Variations, BAC, Genève
Markus Schinwald, BAC, Genève
Andreas Dobler
In Deep Ink, BAC, Genève


2006

The Missing Evidence
Accrochage des éditions 1995-2005
Marie Velardi
Futurs antérieurs, 20006


2005

Christophe Rey
Ocean Bluff
Quelques éditions…
No More Lights On My Starguitar


2004

Florian Pumhösl
Héliogravures et film
M/M (Paris)
Pour hoM/Me,
printemps-été 2004
Mai-Thu Perret
Love thy sister like thyself
Haroutioun Simonian
Performance (à huis clos) & installation vidéo


2003

Filière papier – Filière expo
Monica Bonvicini
Accrochage de l’édition
Eternmale
Finger No. 12
conventions/
Konventionen/
conventions
Jakob Kolding
Amy O’Neill et Emmanuel Piguet
Dm-melkenburg


2002

Karl Holmqvist
Soirée tropicale
Animation: Vidéos
Rosemarie Trockel
Edition, eaux-fortes, 1996
KIOSK (V)
Monica Bonvicini
Bonded Eternmale


2001

Affiches/Livres
Social Hackers
Editions
Fabrice Gygi
VITRINES et PITON UNIVERSEL
Vidya Gastaldon & Jean-Michel Wicker


2000

Editions 2000
Bring the Noise
Bourse du CGGC 1997-1999


1999

KLAT
Evil Talk: Beyond the pleasure principle
Thomas Hirschhorn
Elke Krystufek
In the Arms of Luck
Editions


1998

One Step Backwards: Books,
prints, videos, 1998
LISTE 98, The Young Art Fair,
Usine Warteck, Bâle
lithographs


1997

Multiples of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Elena Montesinos
Tune out, Turn off, Drop in
Eté 97
Stan Douglas
Photographies
Hinrich Sachs

B. Toguo Tamokoué
Gravures et Multiples


1996

Heimo Zobernig
Alexandre Bianchini,
Nicolás Fernández,
Jérôme Hentsch
et
Alain Julliard
Kristin Oppenheim
Rosemarie Trockel


1995

Thomas Hirschhorn
Les Plaintifs, les Bêtes, les Politiques
Karen Kilimnik
Tiger
Editions of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Luc Tuymans
Le Verdict
Claude Lévêque
Sans titre
Estampes et photographies
Yves Gevaert éditeur, Bruxelles


1994

Olivier Mosset
Claude Closky
Alexandre Bianchini

Hubert Mean
Alex Hanimann
Peintures, édition


1993

Giuseppe Penone
Images de pierres
Sigurdur Arni Sigurdsson
Peintures, dessins
Gerry Schum
Fernseh und Videogalerie
John M Armleder
Ian Anüll
Dessins, sérigraphies et éditions
Claude Gaçon


1992

Éditions, 1986-1992
John M Armleder
Parkett
Jean Stern
Panini alle melanzane
Stephan Landry
Marie Sacconi


1991

Laurence Pittet
Suzanne Lafont
Photographies
Marcel Broodthaers
Œuvres graphiques, 1964-1975
Jean-Michel Othoniel
¡ Capotes !


1990

Roman Signer
Installation hélicoptère, 1990
Jean-Marc Meunier
Sapins de Noël, 1988-1989
Anne Pesce
Pêcheur, c’est lui qui devient un poisson
Andreas Hofer
Installation – édition


1989

Henri Michaux
Encres, gouaches, aquarelles, lavis
Emmett Williams
Multiples
Andreas Gursky
Photographies
Stéphane Brunner
Mori Shigeru
Estampes