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Oscar Tuazon

Maccarone | 630 Greenwich Street

In addition to works of the kind for which Oscar Tuazon is best known—sculptures made using industrial materials such as concrete, Plexiglas, and corroding rebar—his recent show at Maccarone featured a sound piece that served as the exhibition’s conceptual anchor. Entering a dimly lit room, you could hear, from a speaker mounted to a structural beam, the voice of Vito Acconci reading from a text he had written for his architectural practice in 2004, sketching out the philosophical-poetic dimensions of a planned building at the South Pole: “Come into the dark. . . . Slip inside an Antarctica of the mind. . . . The land here is white. . . . It’s too white, too bright, to sleep. . . . A white sheet of paper, a blank page . . . to make fictions on.” From a facing speaker some twenty feet away, Tuazon’s voice simultaneously intoned a text he wrote in response, which roughly echoed the rhythm

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