Loaded with Concrete • Van Tuico

Mar 11 to Apr 30, 2021 • Upstairs Gallery

Loaded with Concrete presents recent works by Van Tuico. Known for his paintings created with acrylic paint and industrial materials, here the artist propels his creative production further by generating deception in perception. The displayed collection of objects intends to translate construction materials into a sort of concrete language built by loading additional weight and layers of significance. The aim was to innovate and enact an adaptation to the antiquated yet tested. He wanted to optimize innate representations of the familiar within a fairly unfamiliar terrain.

Tuico challenges the words abstract and concrete in this exhibition. Much like the double entendre literary device that has multiple senses and interpretations, he presents different ways of understanding. In his attempts to turn concrete as a language system made visible by the abstract form, movement is both physical and philosophical. Concrete referents are shaped even with spatial and imaginative constraints. To accomplish this exercise, the artist brought together different materials to blend what is common to uncommon grounds. In exaggerating and distorting his weathered materials while referring to Brutalism, it was beneficial to familiarize himself with the form, purpose, strength, and capability of both style and matter.

The artist’s body of work is visible gathering performed through his art-making wherein the spiritual reckons up. In the acts of summoning and assembly, the bigger picture of life is rendered. (Con Cabrera)

Artworks from the Show

Loaded with Concrete No. 1

Loaded with Concrete No. 1, Van Tuico, 2021, cable wire, steel, rebar, hook, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on metal furring, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 2

Loaded with Concrete No. 2, Van Tuico, 2021, steel bar, G. I. Sheet, Plumb bob, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on metal furring, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 3

Loaded with Concrete No. 3, Van Tuico, 2021, trowel, square tube, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on metal furring, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 4

Loaded with Concrete No. 4, Van Tuico, 2021, (carbiner), square tube, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on metal furring, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 5

Loaded with Concrete No. 5, Van Tuico, 2021, found steel w/ steel matting, flat bar, level base, aluminum, block bearing flange bore, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on metal furring, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 6

Loaded with Concrete No. 6, Van Tuico, 2021, steel mesh, U-groove pulley wheels - wheel bearing, level base, steel - round bar, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on metal furring, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 7

Loaded with Concrete No. 7, Van Tuico, 2021, variant metals, PVC pipe, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on metal furring, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 8

Loaded with Concrete No. 8, Van Tuico, 2021, corrugated roof, steel bar/flat, square to be, phenolic board, policarbonate, wooden frame, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on metal furring, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 9

Loaded with Concrete No. 9, Van Tuico, 2021, steel bar/ square bar, polycarbonate, steel matting, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on metal furring, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 10

Loaded with Concrete No. 10, Van Tuico, 2021, square tube, square bar, G. I. sheet, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on metal furring, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 11

Loaded with Concrete No. 11, Van Tuico, 2021, steel matting, round bar/flather, wood, G.I. sheet, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on C-Channel, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 12

Loaded with Concrete No. 12, Van Tuico, 2021, round bar, round tube, 1 x 2 tube, cable wire, cyclone wire, L-type ruler, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on C-Channel, size variable

Loaded with Concrete No. 13

Loaded with Concrete No. 13, Van Tuico, 2021, steel metal, round bar, rebar, square tubes, cable wire, AAC (Autoclaved Aeroted Concrete) on C-Channel, size variable