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.



Liz Craft
Ms. America
artgenève 2023
Editions and Before publications
L’esprit d’escalier
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2022
Paris Ass Book Fair 2022
Mai-Thu Perret
My sister’s hand in mine
artgenève 2022
Before et publications
Marie Angeletti
Paul Viaccoz
Bridge the gap
Guillaume Dénervaud
Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair 2021
Paul Paillet
fascination for fire
artgenève 2020
Fabian Marti
Such a Good Girl
Open accrochage, editions
P.A.G.E.S. 2019
Spring Sale Time
LA Art Book Fair 2019
artgenève 2019
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 »
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
The Meadow
Salon MAD#4 (Multiple Art Days)
Paris 2018
Victor Man invite Navid Nuur
Valentin Carron, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, François Curlet…
artgenève 2018
Keren Cytter
Jonathan Monk
Directional Advice
Thomas Hirschhorn
Edited by the CEC!
Focus: Mélanie Matranga
Jean-Michel Wicker
Book Launch c/o Section 7 Books, Paris
Jean-Michel Wicker
Book Launch c/o SALTS, Birsfelden/Basel
Présentation de l’édition
Jean-Michel Wicker
Jakob Kolding
The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised
Jean-Michel Wicker
BBiblioteca ffanafffantastica
artgenève 2017
Inside the Bubble-Booth
Présentation de l’édition
Jean-Michel Wicker
Belle étiquette
Présentation du livre
Mathis Gasser
In the Museum 1 2 (3),
Regulators 1 2 n
Présentation de l’édition
Artists’ Voices
Valentin Carron
Deux épaisseurs un coin
Mathis Gasser
Sept sont tombés vers le ciel
Travaux sur papier
Artists’ Voices
artgenève 2016
Artists’ Voices
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2015
Jason Dodge
David Maljkovic
Konstantin Grcic
artgenève 2015
Raphaël Julliard
Oriol Vilanova
Renoncer à te décrire
artgenève 2014 FILMS – CORRIDOR
Artissima 2013
NY Art Book Fair 2013
David Hominal
Through The Windows
Jonathan Monk
artgenève 2013
Salon Light #9, Paris
NY Art Book Fair 2012
Oscar Tuazon
Salon des Dames
artgenève 2012
Jeffrey Vallance
The Vallance Bible
Nouvelles éditions
Oscar Tuazon
Book Launch c/o Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich
Aaron Flint Jamison
Philippe Decrauzat
Book Launch c/o Motto Zürich
Abstractions sentimentales et quelques éditions, Cneai, Paris
Philippe Decrauzat
Gerard Byrne
For example; a sketch of Five Elevations, 1971-72
Présentation de la publication
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava
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
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
EDITIONS (2004-2008)
Présentation de
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
à la Maison de la poésie, Bâle
Trisha Donnelly
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
Olivier Bardin
You belong to me I belong to you
Editions récentes
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
The Missing Evidence
Accrochage des éditions 1995-2005
Marie Velardi
Futurs antérieurs, 20006
Christophe Rey
Ocean Bluff
Quelques éditions…
No More Lights On My Starguitar
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
Filière papier – Filière expo
Monica Bonvicini
Accrochage de l’édition
Finger No. 12
Jakob Kolding
Amy O’Neill et Emmanuel Piguet
Karl Holmqvist
Soirée tropicale
Animation: Vidéos
Rosemarie Trockel
Edition, eaux-fortes, 1996
Monica Bonvicini
Bonded Eternmale
Social Hackers
Fabrice Gygi
Vidya Gastaldon & Jean-Michel Wicker
Editions 2000
Bring the Noise
Bourse du CGGC 1997-1999
Evil Talk: Beyond the pleasure principle
Thomas Hirschhorn
Elke Krystufek
In the Arms of Luck
One Step Backwards: Books, prints, videos, 1998
LISTE 98, The Young Art Fair,
Usine Warteck, Bâle
Multiples du Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Elena Montesinos
Tune out, Turn off, Drop in
Eté 97
Stan Douglas
Hinrich Sachs

B. Toguo Tamokoué
Gravures et Multiples
Heimo Zobernig
Alexandre Bianchini,
Nicolás Fernández,
Jérôme Hentsch
Alain Julliard
Kristin Oppenheim
Rosemarie Trockel
Thomas Hirschhorn
Les Plaintifs, les Bêtes, les Politiques
Karen Kilimnik
Éditions du Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Luc Tuymans
Le Verdict
Estampes et photographies
Yves Gevaert éditeur, Bruxelles
Olivier Mosset
Claude Closky
Alexandre Bianchini

Hubert Mean
Alex Hanimann
Peintures, édition
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
Éditions, 1986-1992
John M Armleder
Jean Stern
Panini alle melanzane
Stephan Landry
Marie Sacconi
Laurence Pittet
Suzanne Lafont
Marcel Broodthaers
Œuvres graphiques, 1964-1975
Jean-Michel Othoniel
¡ Capotes !
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
Henri Michaux
Encres, gouaches, aquarelles, lavis
Emmett Williams
Andreas Gursky
Stéphane Brunner
Mori Shigeru