Tony Oursler, born 1957 in New York, lives and works in New York. Best known for his sly, often humorous video projections, Tony Oursler plumbs popular and punk culture for the twisted icons that structure our collective unconscious and the ideology of our time. Working in installations, video, sculpture, and a variety of mixed media, Oursler´s work delves deeply into the question of how the twinned forces of sex and violence, gender and power function in our culture.
Fool 2006 From Door Cycle Metal door with window and hardware, DVD player and screen, DVD "Fool". Size: 198 x 98 x 12 cm (78 x 38½ x 5"), window 30 cm diam (12" diam.). Edition: 15, signed and numbered on separate label.
»Video is like water,« says Tony Oursler, »an entirely ethereal form which was locked into the television for 50 years.« The intelligent irony that resonates through the body of work of the American artist Tony Oursler (born 1957 in New York, lives and works in New York), namely, his video and projection installations, results from the subtle combination of sound, language, and pop culture images that suffuse it. Oursler´s videos often employ the strangely projected human face to create bizarre contemporary icons and fragmented narratives that, while containing a humorous element, also speak to the dislocation caused by contemporary issues of sex, violence, and power. Plumbing popular and pop culture for the twisted icons that structure our collective unconscious, Oursler creates fragmentary images and scenes that might belong to the hallucinations of a delinquent adolescent on a bad trip.
The Way of All Flesh... 1998 From Wall Works [The Way of All Flesh (Air)] and [The Way of All Flesh (Sugar)] Two different video projections (DVD) on the wall. Installation size variable. Limited to an edition of 9, with a signed and numbered certificate.
In the two Way of All Flesh projections, Oursler enlarges to epic proportions the microcosmic worlds of a bee gathering pollen and earthworms churning soil. The dramatic shift in scale forces the viewer to take notice of two of the frenetic activities which comprise the essential, unceasing industry of nature.