OSCAR TUAZON: “UNTITLED (LEAVE ME BE)” / 02.04.-09.05.2009 STANDARD (OSLO)
PRESS RELEASE


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OSCAR TUAZON: “UNTITLED (LEAVE ME BE)”
02.04.-09.05.2009 / PREVIEW: THURSDAY 02.04.2009 / 19.00-21.00

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"I have been in a Tibetan monestary, flying through a labyrinth of caves in tiny spaces where no human could possibly fit. I wanted to love them and care for them and protect them all. They couldn’t take care of one another, they were lost, and I would help them. I started an oil fire. You were examining the rough batton walls, sparsely hung with ceramic tiles and stacked with yellowed books along the low knee wall. Cords were strung throughout the half-lit atrium, a warm aluminium plate covered the boards where they had worn through, the windows (which you later pointed out to be coated plexi) were dampening and translucent. C split glass rails on a scanlan’s. A bullet had passed through the length of the house, leaving a splintered crack in the door, a pine balustrade, and finally piercing the stainless steel stovepipe, leaving through the back wall, I followed its path through the cabin.

I pointed my attention to the fire when from the corner of my eye I could see a plastic baggy with white powder hidden in a vitreous candle holder. It was somewhat irresponsible of me to withhold this information, but I did. I felt myself mong out, entering a cavernous vaulted space with a rusting 1963 howard rotavator elevated on a stone plinth. A flimy wash gently spread over the floor, flecks of striated pyrite suspended and tumbling in sulphuric acid, settling against the riffled bottom of a sluice box. You stood along the edge wall of this immense space, reverberating in waves, quietly humming something, and I could clearly see your skull through your pale skin. Somebody who knows later told me that I had seen “The Blue Pearl”.

Imagine what it’s like inhaling concrete dust. The power is so fine that in small quantities it can be easily absorbed into your bloodstream through your lungs. But some remains, non-integrated, stored in the tissue. Crystalline deposits, concretions, topical rigor mortis. A body dies from the inside, one cell at a time or in clumps and clusters of cells. When you get re-exposed, when you breathe in again, a thin hard layer starts to form: a micro-thin cast of all the chambers of your lungs. Take it out and it looks like a cast of an anthill, the burrow of a small rodent colony, chambers stretching and spilling into each other, fine branches sprung from branches, a fractalized network of petrifying tissue."

– Oscar Tuazon, excerpt from Leave Me Be, Paris, 2009

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Oscar Tuazon (b 1975) lives and works in Paris. This is his second solo exhibition at STANDARD (OSLO). Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include: David Roberts Foundation, London (2009); Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (2009); Michele Maccarone, New York (2008); Seattle Art Museum (2008); and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007). Recent group exhibitions include: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo (Marco), Vigo (2009); Kunsthalle St Gallen, St Gallen (2008); Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, St Louis; Sculpture Center, New York (2008); Kadist Foundation, Paris; and Documenta 12, Kassel (Magazine Projects, under the auspices of Metronome, Paris). Tuazon will together with gallery artist Emily Wardill form STANDARD (OSLO)’s two-artist presentation at the Premiere section of Art Basel in June. Throughout the duration of the exhibition Oscar Tuazon will also have an exhibition at Haugar Vestfold Art Museum in Tønsberg. For more information visit: www.haugar.com

For further information please visit our webpage: www.standardoslo.no or contact Eivind Furnesvik at eivind@standardoslo.no or +47 917 07 429 / +47 22 60 13 10. STANDARD (OSLO) is open Tuesday-Friday: 12.00-17.00 / Saturday: 12.00-16.00. Sunday and Monday: Closed


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OSCAR TUAZON: "UNTITLED (LEAVE ME BE)" / PRESS RELEASE / PDF
OSCAR TUAZON / BIOGRAPHY / PDF

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    Oscar Tuazon
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    Afognak Abstract #1
    2009
    Folded-up C-print on aluminium
    89 x 59 x 14 cm / 35 x 23 x 6"
    Unique configuration in a edtion of 1 + AP / SOOT/PH 2009-013/1
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    Afognak Abstract #2
    2009
    Folded-up C-print on aluminium
    89 x 59 x 13 cm / 35 x 23 x 5"
    Unique configuration in a edtion of 1 + AP / SOOT/PH 2009-014/1
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    ISICBD
    2009
    Mixed media; steel bars, steel pipe, oak plank, Plexiglas and silicone
    208 x 73 x 33 cm / 82 x 29 x 13"
    Unique / SOOT/S 2009-002
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    How
    2009
    Mixed media; polyurethane, steel mesh, broken security glass
    121 x 91 x 15 cm / 48 x 36 x 6"
    Unique / SOOT/S 2009-006
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    IAAC, IAAP.
    2009
    Mixed media sculpture: oak trunk, wooden beams and fluorescent light fixture
    350 x 104 x 160 cm / 138 x 41 x 63"
    Unique / SOOT/S 2009-015
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    Transluscent Screen #1
    2009
    Woden grid frame, glassfiber, wire mesh, lacquer
    199 x 138 x 16 cm / 78 x 54 x 6"
    Unique / SOOT/S 2009-012
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    Oscar Tuazon
    Leave Me Be #1
    2009
    Sheetrock, plywood, MDF, wood, Plexiglas, fluorescent light tube, silicone and spray paint
    48 x 32 x 13 cm / 19 x 13 x 5"
    Unique / SOOT/S 2009-009
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    Wet Slab
    2009
    Mixed media; steel, broken security glass, rubber cutting mat, plastic, steel mesh, plexi glas, fibre glas.
    126 x 72 x 24 cm / 50 x 28 x 9"
    Unique / SOOT/S 2009-003
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    Oscar Tuazon
    VONU
    2007
    Felt pencil and ballpoint pencil markings on original zine ("Vonulife") /framed / 50 x 65.8 x 3 cm / 19.7 x 25.9 x 1.2"
    27 x 21 x 1 cm / 11 x 8 x 0"
    Unique / SOOT/MMC 2009-007
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    Leave Me Be #2
    2009
    MDF, Plexiglas, fluorescent light tube, silicone, steel and artist's book
    66 x 42 x 19 cm / 26 x 17 x 7"
    Unique / SOOT/S 2009-010
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    Use it for What it´s Used for (Prototype)
    2009
    Mixed media; steel, plywood, plexi glas, fibre glas.
    143 x 55 x 73 cm / 56 x 22 x 29"
    Unique / SOOT/S 2009-005
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    Dwelling Portably #3
    2009
    wood, Plexiglas, fluorescent light tube, silicone, steel, adhesive tape, artists book unpaginated, 15x22.5 cm
    44 x 32 x 18 cm / 17 x 13 x 7"
    Unique / SOOT/S 2009-011
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