Sep 7th 2021

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.


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.

Guest artists invited by Tuazon to present artwork made with recovered and reconstituted materials include:

Sungho Bae focuses on re-rendering the present visual domain, considering images as mediators, consumptions as strategies, and humans as mutant creatures. He received his BFA from Seoul National University and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ruth Levy is from New York City and received her BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Spring of 2021. She is currently based in Chicago.

Based in Chicago, Michelle Nordmeyer is a printmaker and educator at the Hyde Park Art Center. She can also be found growing fruit bearing trees and shrubs, and screen printing at the Sweet Water Foundation in the Washington Park neighborhood. Steeped in sentimentality and dark humor, her work is an attempt to spark connection with the universality of what it means to be alive.

Kate Poulos was born in Los Angeles, California.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She currently lives and works in Chicago.

Anirudh Singh Shaktawat is a sculptor based out of the Southern Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan, India. His works respond to the daily experiences of uneven rains, excessive humidity, and disintegrating hills of the region that are symptomatic of the Anthroposcene. He works with building materials that mediate heat, moisture, and light, and builds compositions that bounce between the bodily, domestic, and environmental scales. Embedded in research on devotional practices and conceptions of nature, Shaktawat questions, and aims to dissolve, material and spatial boundaries through his art practice.

Rachel Kaching Tang was born in Hong Kong, China. She is a recent BFA graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She works in sculpture, ceramics and street art making with a focus in material research and transformation.

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