NEW REWARD!--Oscar Tuazon limited edition for LAWS (see rewards section below)
What You'll be Funding
Beginning Friday, October 12th, and continuing through Spring of 2019, Oscar Tuazon and LAND will present to the public a series of events at Los Angeles Water School (LAWS). Bringing together remarkable guests from a variety of vantage points including local history, architecture, politics, and art, these events held at the LAWS Downtown LA site will construct a genealogy of the role and economics of water in Los Angeles. In order to bring to life this momentous programming and make it all thoroughly accessible to the public, we need your support.
"Every time we take a sip of water we're connected to these places...these connections across big distances." -Oscar Tuazon
What is Los Angeles Water School?
Los Angeles Water School (LAWS) is a functional artwork, an experimental school for students of all ages to engage in dialogue and collaborative work about water. Located adjacent to the Los Angeles River, in a structure inspired by Steve and Holly Baer’s self-sufficient passive solar Zome House (1969-72), LAWS is the first of four Water Schools planned by artist Oscar Tuazon, with locations in Minnesota, Michigan, and Nevada. Presented by LAND, this series of events builds a genealogy of the complex life of water in Los Angeles, through the lens of local history, architecture, politics, and art. Through this collaborative process tracing how water connects diverse communities within Los Angeles and across the continent, working from a micro to macro understanding of policy and infrastructure, the artist and LAND are excited to continue this constitutive dialogue and create a setting for the exchange of cross-disciplinary ideas and learning.
LAWS is situated at Tuazon's studio, most of the programming taking place within and around his ongoing project and multi-site work, Zome Alloy. Its location, close to the LA River downtown, allows the artist to explore the hydrogeology that connects LA to the Valley. Most recently, the artist has been using the space to gather artists and musicians that he met at Standing Rock, North Dakota, where grassroots organizations and advocacy groups are attempting to bring national attention to the environmental factors missing from language focused on progress.
Zome Alloy is Tuazon's nod to southwest inventor Steve Baer’s Zome House. In the 1970s Baer and wife Holly created Zomehomes, residences constructed from old automobiles, and based on a stretched polyhedron system that heated the homes through passive solar energy utilizing water and wind. The couple lived off of a 5,000-gallon water tank and a windmill, applying the energy of the era's focus on sustainability to live nearly self-sufficiently.
Tuazon has been recreating these concepts using contemporary construction methods and technology. With LAWS, the artist is eager to bring the full project and concept into our era, particularly highlighting the present-day dialogue around water rights and Trump-era environmental deregulation. Interested in building and creating forms meant to be social works rather than decorative objects, the artist's sculptural practice revolves around an elemental understanding of simple models and complex spaces. Tuazon uses the vocabulary of architecture to investigate the humanistic potential of the occupation of quotidian spaces. By creating this genealogy, Tuazon and LAND hope to highlight the dialogue about water and infrastructure in Los Angeles and bring it to a new audience.
LA Water School Schedule of Events
Thanks to support at all levels, Los Angeles Water School and LAND are able to present this dynamic program of events for you to take part in. Each event is free and open to the public at LA Water School's downtown site.
The first scheduled event on October 12, 2018, will be a roundtable discussion in celebration of Indigenous People's Day. Organized by Panda and Oscar Tuazon, it will explore the history of the Tongva--the original people of the Los Angeles River--through a dialogue on the traditional uses of this waterway and its significance today. Reconsidering the history of Los Angeles begins with indigenous oral histories and how these traditions can inform the city's current approach to water management. Reimagining the future of our shared water starts with an understanding of the language of the Tongva and the name of the original village where Los Angeles now stands, Yaangna. Featured guests include Tongva elder Gloria Arellenes, Tongva elder Julia Bogany, songwriter Jessa Calderon, educator Tina Calderon, and scholar Annie Mendoza. Moderated by Kelly Caballero.
Subsequent events will be scheduled to explore the impact of water from the vantage points of Architecture, Politics, and the physical Body. They will incorporate guest speakers from a multitude of backgrounds as well as artist-led conceptual and visceral experiences.
Your support is crucial in developing this important programming -- your contributions go directly towards paying contributors fairly for their time, maintaining the site for the duration of the project, and ensuring all events are open and accessible to the public.
Keep up with the ongoing LA Water School events by following LAND on social media - Instagram, Facebook and Twitter - or checking in at our website www.nomadicdivision.org. Note: Kickstarter backers are the first to receive event details about upcoming LAWS programming through LAND.
About the Artist
Oscar Tuazon (b. 1975, Seattle) lives and works in Los Angeles. Tuazon’s pieces often explore the connections between public space and architecture through raw and industrial materials like wood, concrete, glass and steel.
His work is currently included in La Vie simple – Simplement la vie / Songs of Alienation at the Fondation van Gogh Arles, as well as Indian Water, The Native American Pavilion at the Garden of Ca’Bembo, Venice. Recent solo exhibitions include Hammer Project: Oscar Tuazon, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles in 2016 and Studio, at Le Consortium, Dijon, France in 2015.
Over the past nine years, LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) has worked with over 75 collaborative partners and 400 artists presenting over 90 exhibitions and programs, experienced by millions of viewers. LAND’s aim is to produce exhibitions that, through their varied (and nomadic) locations, become an organic part of the daily experience for both traditional and non-traditional arts audiences who rarely seek out contemporary art.
Pledge $10: VIP Updates & Special Thanks
Be the first to receive updates on LA Water School events as they are scheduled. Become a part of our history: your name will be published under the special thanks section of our Oscar Tuazon webpage.
Pledge $25: Mungo Thomson's People
Thomson created this magazine-inspired publication exclusively for LAND, which riffs on the aesthetic of typical tabloid periodicals such as People and Us Weekly. You'll receive a copy of this publication + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $40: LAND Tote + Key Pendant
You'll receive the LAND tote and custom designed chrome key pendant + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $50: People + Tote + Key Pendant
You'll receive Mungo Thomson's People + LAND Tote + Key Pendant + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $75: Sarah Cain Book
You'll receive Sarah Cain, a publication that explores the artist’s work in various media. This softcover book published by LAND is the artist’s first monograph, detailing her work from 2002 to the present. You'll also receive Mungo Thomson's People + LAND Tote + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $100: Welcome Member!
As an official LAND member you will receive exclusive invitations to exhibition preview receptions throughout the year. Your 1 year membership includes the LAND membership card designed by Los Angeles artist Brendan Fowler plus the LAND tote and key pendant + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $150: LAND Membership + Sarah Cain Book
1 Year LAND Membership with all its perks + Sarah Cain Book + LAND Tote and Key Pendant + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $200: LAND Membership + Against Stupidity
In addition to 1 Year LAND Membership, receive the limited edition Against Stupidity sign by Daniel Joseph Martinez + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $250: LAND Membership + Why Not Wine?
Receive the screen print Why Not Wine? by José León Cerrillo in addition to 1 year of LAND membership benefits + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $350: LAND Membership + Pair of Artemio Tiles
Receive two screen printed ceramic Colt Frac-Tiles created for LAND by Artemio + 1 Year LAND Membership + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $450: NEW! Oscar Tuazon Limited Edition for LAWS
New limited edition work by Oscar Tuazon (Edition of 25) currently in development and offered expressly for this fundraising campaign! + One-Year LAND Membership + Key Pendant + LAND Tote + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $500: LAND Membership + Oscar Tuazon Studio Visit
Exclusive Tour of LA Water School and Q&A with artist Oscar Tuazon. + 1 Year LAND Membership + Key Pendant + LAND Tote + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $1000: Welcome New Nomadic Council Member!
Welcome to the LAND family. As a LAND Nomadic Council Member you'll receive regular LAND Membership benefits plus invitations to exclusive studio visits including a studio visit with Oscar Tuazon, Nomadic Council private exhibition tours, and 10% discounts on select LAND Artist Multiples + Key Pendant + LAND Tote + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $1750: Nomadic Council + Mario Ybarra Jr. Print
In addition to becoming a LAND Nomadic Council Member which includes a studio visit with Oscar Tuazon, you'll receive your choice of one limited edition, signed photograph by Mario Ybarra Jr. These are from the artist’s ongoing collection of images of what he calls “barrio aesthetics” in Los Angeles, showing the daily culture and experience of one city and neighborhood. + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $2500: Nomadic Council + Dashiell Manley
In addition to LAND Nomadic Council Membership, you will receive Dashiell Manley's "o.t.v. (f.b.)"--unique hand colored Edition of 10 + 5AP + Your Name Listed on our Website + VIP Updates.
Pledge $5000: A Super Collection of Artist Multiples
LAND Artist Multiples are created by internationally acclaimed artists to support LAND’s free public programs. This unique bundle of multiples is designed especially with Oscar Tuazon's LA Water School in mind and will only be offered as a group for the duration of this fundraising campaign. Included are: "The Artist," a vinyl record with hand-painted jacket created for LAND by Joe Sola; a limited edition photograph of your choice by Mario Ybarra Jr.; "Why Not Wine?" by José León Cerrillo; "Against Stupidity" by Daniel Joseph Martinez; two Artemio "Colt Frac-tiles" and a hand painted etching by Dashiell Manley. In addition to this super collection of artworks, you will get an exclusive studio visit with Oscar Tuazon and your name listed as an Artist Sponsor for the project + one year LAND Nomadic Council Membership + VIP Updates.
Pledge $10000: Rob Pruitt LAND Artist Multiple
You will receive one of 10 unique Artist Multiple sculptures made exclusively for LAND by world renowned American artist Rob Pruitt. one person's trash is another person's treasure is an acrylic and enamel on wood sculpture, each of different dimensions and color schemes and signed by the artist. You will also be listed as an Artist Sponsor on all LA Water School marketing materials + LAND Nomadic Council Membership + VIP Updates.
Special thanks to Alex Gasaway for video production
For more information about these LAND Artist Multiples go to www.nomadicdivision.org/shop/all
Risks and challenges
LAND has been commissioning, presenting, and creating large-scale public artworks for nine years locally, nationally, and internationally. The greatest challenge we face as an arts institution is managing the constant variables in production and location needs that arise when bringing museum quality works of art to the public for free in unsuspecting locations. LAND has to be flexible to ensure that the works of art are made and installed to the artist's specifications, safe for the public, and delivered on time, as well as ensuring we work in close collaboration with our partner sites hosting the works. We overcome these challenges by being good listeners, both to the artists we work with, our collaborative partners, and most importantly to our audience and the communities to which we bring art.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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