Lan Tuazon
False Fruits

January 7 – January 31, 2017

Opening Reception:  January 8, 6-8 PM

False Fruit: Coconut, 2016. 6" x 8". Concrete, ceramic and plastic

In Gallery II, Essex Flowers is pleased to present Lan Tuazon’s False Fruits. These fruits consist of dissected mass produced containers nesting concentrically like the rings of a tree. Bottles, coolers, Tupperware, and toys are rearranged and accumulated: liquid commodities are compressed like plastic crystals inside of a geode. No object is left whole, each half swallows another. Tuazon is a masterful engineer and agriculturalist: she grows new False Fruits from what we’ve consumed, cast off, forgotten in the back of the closet and moved away from.

Lan Tuazon b. Philippines, 1976:
Lives and works in Chicago. She has exhibited internationally at the Neue Galerie in the Imperial Palace of Austria, Bucharest Biennale 4, the WKV Kunstverein in Germany, The Lowry Museum in London, and in New York at the Brooklyn Museum, Artist Space, ISE Cultural Foundation, Canada Gallery, Sculpture Center, Apex Art, and the Storefront for Art & Architecture. Lan Tuazon is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the School of Art Institute in Chicago. Lan Tuazon is Lan Tuazon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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