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Oscar Tuazon: Fire Worship

Installation view: Oscar Tuazon: Fire Worship, Aspen Art Museum, 2019. Photo: Tony Prikryl

For the Aspen Art Museum’s Roof Deck Sculpture Garden, Los Angeles–based artist Oscar Tuazon will create a temporary concrete fire pit that conflates the space of the stage with that of a fireplace. The piece serves various functions: as a gathering place for audiences to sit and interact—with each other as well as with the work itself—as a small monument, and as an outdoor heater in Aspen’s cooler months. Engaging ideas at the intersection of sculpture, architectural infrastructure, political activism, and public space, the artist applies industrial materials to construct large-scale, minimalist installations. For his fire pit on the AAM’s roof-deck, Tuazon addresses themes around community, ecology, and the built environment.