Black Earth: Andreas Fogarasi / Oscar Tuazon

  • Garage Exchange

1137 S Cochran Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Whereas some Garage Exchange projects represent direct collaborations, Black Earth offered an instance where the relationship between the work of the two artists derived through the various meanings and functions of the Garage Top itself—an exhibition space balanced atop housing for cars adjacent to a domestic environment.

The title Black Earth refers to a series of works by Los Angeles artist Mary Corse, whom Fogarasi greatly appreciates. The search for a title for the two-artist show also led to the small print that lists Fogarasi’s and Tuazon’s solo exhibition titles to date and reads like a humorous dialogue about the differences and similarities in their work.

Oscar Tuazon

(b. Seattle, 1975) connected the Garage Top to its role as a support building of the Mackey Apartments. In his practice, he consistently makes sculpture from architectural elements, creating new conceptual spaces and focusing attention on the spaces we inhabit daily but generally overlook. Working in wood, metal, concrete and stone, Tuazon references recent art history, including the work of Carl Andre, Richard Serra, Bruce Nauman, Robert Smithson and Gordon Matta-Clark.

For the exhibition, Tuazon repurposed parts of kitchen furniture—cabinets, countertops, drawers—and connected these routine elements of domesticity with heavy steel and wood beams into a sculpture that both proclaimed its presence in the gallery space and pointed out/back to its connection to the adjacent “home” spaces.

Andreas Fogarasi

(b. Vienna, 1977) uses forms of display that are reminiscent of minimalism and conceptual art to explore questions of space and representation. In his practice that is both documentary and sculptural he analyzes the aesthetization and economization of urban space, and the role of architecture and the cultural field in contemporary society.

Fogarasi’s installation North American International Auto Show featured an array of mirrored, freestanding V-shaped structures each bearing a photograph depicting the dismantling of the massive trade fair held annually in Detroit. Between an architectonic element (originally derived from a detail in the Schindler House), a display wall and an autonomous sculpture, the walls faced the visitor and reflected the surrounding space. The images formed an intricate network of associations, serving as a metaphor for the collapse and constant renewal of city spaces.

About Garage Exchange

In order to expand the cultural exchange at the core of the Artists and Architects-in-Residence program, The Austrian Federal Chancellery and the MAK Center invite Austrian and Vienna-based alumni residents to collaborate with L.A. artists and architects of their choosing at the Garage Top at the Mackey Apartments for the Garage Exchange Vienna-Los Angeles exhibition series.

This exhibition series is made possible by The Austrian Federal Chancellery and also supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.