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FIAC: Major artwork by Oscar Tuazon symbolises the link between water and land

For the 44th Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain, (International Art Fair, FIAC) in Paris, the US artist has created an installation made of water pipes two metres in diameter, bisected by tree trunks, at Place Vendôme. This major artwork, which is part of the Hors les Murs ("Beyond the Walls") programme, was supported by Mirabaud, an official partner of FIAC.

Lionel Aeschlimann, Managing Partner at Mirabaud, Oscar Tuazon and Jennifer Flay, Director at FIAC, discuss the meaning of this work, a temporary installation in one of the most prestigious squares in Paris.

Biography : Oscar Tuazon

Born in Seattle, United-States, he lives and works in Los Angeles.

Oscar Tuazon studied at Cooper Union and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, both in New York. Tuazon predominantly works with architectural techniques and materials, creating structures and spaces using building supplies such as steel, glass, and wood and a simple do-it-yourself approach. Tuazon's sculptures, built by hand, are often quasi-functional objects or models of other spaces. The construction process itself can often be seen as a performative part of the work, applying the techniques of Land Art and Minimalism in improvised collaborations with designers, engineers, and builders to produce large-scale installations and public projects.

He has shown his work extensively in the United States and Europe, including in solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Nouveaux Commanditaires - Fondation de France, Belfort, France (2016); T-Space, Rhinebeck, New York; Le Consortium Dijon; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; and the Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin. In 2012 the Public Art Fund, New York, presented three commissioned outdoor works in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Tuazon's work has been featured in several important international group exhibitions, including the 5th Beaufort, Triennial of Contemporary Art by the Sea, Oostende, Belgium; the 2012 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale.

In 2017, Oscar Tuazon's work has been shown within the frame of Documenta 14 Athens, the Skulptur Projekte in Münster, Germany and the Place Vendôme, within the FIAC in Paris.

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