Sensory Spaces 1 – Oscar Tuazon

Oscar Tuazon, Totaal verkeerd, 2011-2012, beton, staal, triplex, leisteen. Tentoonstelling ‘Minimal Myth’, 2012, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg.

Sensory Spaces 1 – Oscar Tuazon
American artist kicks off new series

8 June – 29 September 2013

This summer Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is launching a new exhibition format: ‘Sensory Spaces’. For the next three years high-profile, internationally active, contemporary artists will be invited to develop a work in relation to the Willem van der Vorm Gallery. American artist Oscar Tuazon kicked off this new series.

For his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands, this summer Oscar Tuazon has the entire Willem van der Vorm Gallery at his disposal. In the first of the new ‘Sensory Spaces’ exhibitions, he will arrange several sculptural constructions in the space measuring almost 200m2. The artist fuses architectural and sculptural idioms, thus dislocating the viewer’s perception of the space: the classical museum experience of ‘looking’ becomes one of ‘experiencing’.

Minimal Art
Tuazon is interested in the intrinsic qualities of the materials he uses. His sculptures exist not only to be looked at; they bring about a physical experience. Some of them must be touched or even challenged. Tuazon re-examines Minimal Art through a mixed-use of industrial and natural materials, organised in geometric structures. About his working method he has said: ‘I do much of my work on-site and that usually means I don’t have a lot of time or a lot of control over exactly what materials are available. I use what’s there. I use what’s expedient, whatever I can afford. Each solution for a problem has particular properties and those properties are always interesting to me. I let them dictate the work. I like that thinking process because it incorporates considerations of time and economy. I like thinking under duress. I think that immediacy comes through when you look at the work.’

Oscar Tuazon was born in 1975 in Seattle, Washington and lives and works in Los Angeles. His work was presented at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 and he has exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007); the Seattle Art Museum (2008); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2010); ICA, London (2010), Kunsthalle Bern (2010) and The Power Station, Dallas (2011).

New series
Each year three artists will be invited to develop site-specific work in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery. This open location at the heart of the museum’s entrance area has been chosen expressly to bring every visitor into contact with the latest developments in the visual arts. The selected artists have never or rarely shown their work in the Netherlands. For each of them it will be their first solo exhibition in a Dutch museum. They will be selected for the quality of their work and its relevance to ‘Sensory Spaces’. Each exhibition will be accompanied by a bilingual booklet with an essay by the curator. In October the German artist Sabine Hornig (1964) will be the second artist invited to create a work specially for the gallery.

Contemporary art in the museum and in the Submarine Wharf
‘Sensory Spaces 1 - Oscar Tuazon’ coincides with the anniversary exhibition ‘25 Years Rotterdam City Art Collection’ in the museum and ‘XXXL Painting’ in the Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam’s docklands.

The series ‘Sensory Spaces’ has been made possible by AMMODO. The team of modern and contemporary art curators involved in ‘Sensory Spaces’ consists of Francesco Stocchi, Saskia van Kampen-Prein and Noor Mertens.

In the weeks leading up to the opening of the exhibition an interview with Oscar Tuazon will be available on ARTtube.