Art Basel presents a new installation by Oscar Tuazon this June

Monday, May 2, 2016
Art Basel presents a new installation by Oscar Tuazon this June

For the duration of Art Basel, ‘Zome Alloy’, a new structure by Los Angeles-based artist Oscar Tuazon, will be installed on Messeplatz in Basel. An adaptation of Steve Baer's ‘Zome House’ (1972), the architectural structure will house a series of events throughout the week – a second version of the 'Alloy Conference' that was held in 1969.

Art Basel presents a new installation by Oscar Tuazon this June
For the duration of Art Basel, ‘Zome Alloy’, a new structure by Los Angeles-based artist Oscar Tuazon, will be installed on Messeplatz in Basel. An adaptation of Steve Baer's ‘Zome House’ (1972), the architectural structure will house a series of events throughout the week – a second version of the 'Alloy Conference' that was held in 1969.
 
‘Zome Alloy’ is a lightweight structural wood shell, designed to accommodate the crowds of people that visit the fair and engage them in the question of what a house can be. Open along the entire south-facing facade, the pavilion takes the form of a single-family home opened to the public. Partially clad in aluminum, the structure is de-mountable and can be seen as an architectural system ready to go into production – a demonstration ‘zome’. The ‘zome’ system produces volumes that, unlike geodesic structures, can be stretched and elongated.
 
With this new work, Oscar Tuazon (b. 1975, Seattle) builds on the work of inventor, solar engineer and architect Steve Baer (b. 1938, Los Angeles). After studying physics and mathematics at ETH Zurich, Baer moved to Albuquerque, becoming one of the architects of Drop City, often referred to as the first hippie commune. In 1968 Baer published Dome Cookbook, which describes the mathematical system for creating stretchable polyhedrons, or zonohedra.
  
Tuazon’s ‘Zome Alloy’ is the zome stripped down to the bones, an updated version of the original Baer house using contemporary technology. Using a 3D survey of the Baer house, Tuazon developed a structural panel system that will be manufactured in Switzerland using robotic cutting and assembly technology.

Oscar Tuazon, Zome Alloy.  Courtesy Art Basel.

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