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Oscar Tuazon: Collaborator

Oscar Tuazon, Burn the Formwork (Fire Building), 2017. Photo: Henning Rogge.

Bellevue Arts Museum will present the first solo museum exhibition in the Pacific Northwest for Los Angeles-based artist Oscar Tuazon. Oscar Tuazon: Collaborator, opening on May 10, explores the playful, shapeshifting nature of Tuazon's collaborations and how such efforts continually challenge and revitalize his larger sculptural practice.

The exhibition features more than thirty new and existing works from the past fifteen years including new sculptures and a site-specific intervention that responds, in part, to the light-filled nature of architect Steven Holl's design for Bellevue Arts Museum's third floor galleries. A commissioned work, also titled Collaborator, will infiltrate the gallery and adjacent Court of Light with a series of shed-like structures, in various stages of completion and prototyping. Shifting the inside and outside nature of exhibition space, Collaborator temporarily incorporates artworks by Tuazon and other artists he has worked with into its display. As with previous installations at Kunsthalle Bern and ICA London, the raw sequencing of these structures draws attention away from the overall architecture and toward the precarious, tactile, and immediate—providing a central dynamic within Tuazon's work and the backdrop for considering a wide range of past collaborations.