Future Fossils: SUM is the final major sculpture installation in a trilogy of work by Lan Tuazon that visualizes the lifespan of our material trace in the world nestled together to construct a one-bedroom house to scale exhibited inside the two-story gallery. Using new human geology and man-made impacts on ecological conditions as a model of how nature makes artifacts of human culture, this body of work imposes natural processes onto mass-produced containers to show the finitude of human culture. Common packaged goods, tchotchkes, and household items are accumulated, dissected, cooked, and layered to give mass to the unseen byproduct of consumption. The work of this art is stratification: objects are fossilized to visualize geological time.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Abakanowicz Arts and Culture Charitable Foundation and the Henry Moore Foundation.
About the artist
Lan Tuazon (b.1976, Philippines) lives and works in Chicago where she is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the School of Art Institute in Chicago. Lan Tuazon has exhibited internationally at the Neue Galerie in the Imperial Palace of Austria, Bucharest Biennale 4, the WKV Kunstverein in Germany, and the Lowry Museum in London. Solo exhibitions of her work include Brooklyn Museum and Storefront of Art and Architecture in New York, Youngworld, Inc in Detroit, Julius Caesar in Chicago. She was awarded artist in residence fellowships at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Headlands Art Center, and Civitella Ranieri in Italy. Group shows of her work were exhibited in multiple venues including the 8th Floor Rubin Foundation, Artist Space, Redcat Gallery, Canada Gallery, Sculpture Center, Apex Art, Exit Art, WKV Kunstverein, and Künstlerhaus in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. Lan Tuazon received her B.A. from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1999, her MFA from Yale University in 2002, and the Whitney Independent Study in 2003. Lan Tuazon is Lan Tuazon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.