Lan Tuazon: In the Land of Real Shadows Museum & Exhibits
- Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin
- 2301 San Jacinto Blvd
- Austin, TX 78712
- September 21, 2018 - December 7, 2018
- Recurring every week day
- Phone: 512/ 471–3713
- Price: Free and Open to the Public
This exhibition is the final part of Lan Tuazon’s decade-long trilogy on the order of things: architecture, artifacts, and now, anthropogenic matter. Her projects push the limited and bounded frame of orders so as to reconcile exclusions. Her earliest work in this trilogy, architecture, focused on urban class divisions; the second phase, artifacts, considered the status of objects in cultural customs and practices. With this exhibition, Tuazon has arrived at a consideration of the planet as a container that houses both nature and culture.
In the Land of Real Shadows is a project about the lifespan of things beyond obsolescence. The exhibition draws attention to the vast footprint of our consumer culture and examines how ecological conditions, when met with human actions, transform natural selection into artificial selection. Common items and commodities are accumulated, dissected, and layered to give mass and make seen the unseen byproduct of human consumption. Tuazon uses assemblage and the additive process to compress and collapse space through a method she calls “documentary sculpture,” in which objects are records and indices of our natural and cultural time. Through the artificial fossilization of objects, natural processes are imposed onto manmade products to make visible the effects of geological time and the finitude of human culture.
This exhibition is organized by Amy Hauft, 2017-2018 Acting Director of the Visual Arts Center.