Tony Oursler

Tony Oursler, a prominent figure in the recent history of video art, was born in 1957 in New York City, where he still lives and works. In the 1980s, he began to create short videos and later designed installations in which he used sound and video. Since the 1990s, the use of dummies, puppets and dolls, trees, and clouds of steam have become a constant in his work. Oursler is interested in the relationship between the individual and the language of mass media, which he feels is responsible for the profound changes in the modes of expression and communication in our times. The multimedia works that have made him famous are videos shown in 3-D, often on spherical surfaces that accentuate the subject’s expressiveness: deformed faces recite monologues from intimist and somewhat delirious repercussions, shown on irregular masses as they talk, observe, yell (the Talking Heads series, 1998). These were then replaced by showing eyes (the Eyes series, 1998), that display dilated pupils, blinks, and irises. He has been called the mastermind of video-sculpture. His works are in the collections of major museums worldwide, including MOMA, the Whitney Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York; the Musée d'Orsay and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Tate Gallery in London; and the National Museum in Osaka.

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