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“In Plain Sight” artist Oscar Tuazon on mapping waterways and landscapes at the Henry

In Plain Sight
November 23, 2019 – April 26, 2020
Henry Art Gallery #AtTheHenry #HenryAtHome

This group exhibition engages artists whose work addresses narratives, communities, and histories that are typically hidden or invisible in our public space (both conceptually and literally defined).

Oscar Tuazon endeavors, through environmental activism, to reshape how we understand and respect the natural world, and how that relates to power, policy, and politics. For this exhibition, Tuazon presents architectural elements derived from LAWS (Los Angeles Water School), an experimental, all-ages school meant to engage dialogue and collaborative work with water. His series of Water Maps traces the flow of different, vast water systems to highlight the interconnectedness of all things in nature, and to celebrate indigenous storytelling. His collection of Rainbenders aesthetically document how water is cached in arid regions, gesturing towards smart environmental management strategies embraced by indigenous communities. By cultivating relationships between people and the natural world, Tuazon calls for collective action in the fight for sustainable, clean, and accessible water.

Learn more: http://henryart.org/exhibitions/in-plain-sight

Artwork: Oscar Tuazon, “Los Angeles Water School (LAWS)”, 2018. Mixed media installation. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, and Eva Presenhuber, Zürich and New York; Oscar Tuazon, “Rainbender (E 1st)”, 2018. Velux skylight, aluminum, steel, borosilicate glass, vinyl, Sharpie, enamel, water. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, and Eva Presenhuber, Zürich and New York; Oscar Tuazon, “Rainbender (E 3rd)”, 2018. Velux skylight, aluminum, steel, borosilicate glass, vinyl, Sharpie, enamel, water. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, and Eva Presenhuber, Zürich and New York; Oscar Tuazon, “Rainbender (LAWS)”, 2018. Velux skylight, aluminum, steel, borosilicate glass, vinyl, Sharpie, enamel, water. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, and Eva Presenhuber, Zürich and New York; Oscar Tuazon, “Water Maps”, 2019. Installation of multiple pieces; india ink, watercolor, marker on paper. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, and Eva Presenhuber, Zürich and New York.

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