LONDON - Having pressed the print button on the catalogues for February’s Post-war and Contemporary Art Day sale in London, I finally got the chance to take in the many great works featuring in the auction. The afternoon session includes innovative pieces by some of the most interesting artists working today. Notable among these are Oscar Tuazon and Sterling Ruby, both choosing to work with material that could be described as discarded or throwaway.
Oscar Tuazon’s I Can’t See (Papercrete Edition).
I Can’t See (Papercrete Edition) is a simple, yet fascinating, work by Oscar Tuazon, who is known for his wide variety of mediums and his DIY aesthetic. Made of concrete and paper from a dismantled book published by the artist, it reflects on the aesthetic nature of concrete separated from its structural purpose. I first saw his work exhibited at Art Basel alongside contemporaries Matias Faldbakken and Gardar Eide Einarrson and loved how raw and uncompromising it was. His growing success has made him a regular at auction over the past few seasons.
L.A.-based artist Sterling Ruby’s painting BC (3440) is composed of discarded and trace elements left over from the creation of other works. Out of destruction and deterioration a new work is created; a theme central to the artist’s working practice, exemplified so well in this piece. For me, Ruby’s work is both alluring and hard, but in a good way. It leads you to ask questions and every encounter requires further investigation.
Sterling Ruby’s BC (3440).
The BC series was also the basis for an amazing second collaboration between Ruby and Raf Simons for Dior, which was unveiled in Paris this year. Bringing the entire project full circle the bleach spotted base layer of BC (3440) is a material which was initially conceived by the artist for an earlier collaboration with Simmons; reuse and rebirth to its fullest.