°1957, New York (US) – lives and works in New York (US)
A pioneer of new-media art since the mid-1970s, Tony Oursler is best known for his video projections and installation works that explore technology’s effects on the human mind. Honing in on much of humanity’s compulsive relationship with computers and virtual networks, Oursler orchestrates microcosmic scenes, tableaus, and interventions that convey the obsession, escapism, isolation, and sexual fetish that cause or grow out of technological dependence.
His works include talking streetlights, an eight-foot-long five-dollar bill with an eerily animated Abe Lincoln, an enormous cell phone spewing disjointed snippets of conversations, and ghoulish heads muttering phrases like “You treat me like garbage. I told you I love you but I don’t. Thanks for nothing.” Oursler invites viewers into disorienting psychological mini-dramas, at once engaging in their humor and disturbing for their uncanny juxtapositions and keen, biting commentaries.
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Solo exhibitions include Museum of Modern Art, New York; Magasin III, Stockholm; LUMA Westbau, Zurich; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Kunsthaus Bregenz; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
In addition to participating in prestigious group exhibitions such as documenta VIII and IX, Oursler’s work is included in many public collections worldwide, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Osaka; Tate Collection, London; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
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