Friday, March 10, 2006

tony oursler

tony oursler at Metro Pictures, NY
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This was the creepiest show ever! The show consisted of three rooms of projected video/sound installation. The projection onto the organic white form was distorted body parts like eyes and mouths and other shadowy forms. The music sounded like a wind storm of whispering voices. The room (above) was like being in a children's sorcerers movie with a haunted "eye".  eeeeee!
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9 Comments:

Anonymous topher said...

OMG, i saw a small piece of this ork in NY in the fall. I came up the stairs of the gallery and it was hiding right around a dark coner. I almost peed myself it scared me so. i cant imagine what large pieces are like.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Leoqueen said...

I first saw small Tony Oursler pieces projected onto soft round forms in the back room of Revolution Gallery years ago, when it first opened. They were, if I remember correctly, blinking eyes in the dark room.They were awesome!
I have been following his work ever since then. He has this most EERIE piece on the cover of the latest Modern Painters magazine. I have to keep it face down in my studio, because whenever I come across it, the image startles me!

11:27 AM  
Anonymous topher said...

anyone know if these are purchasable works? If one did purchase one, they would have to have a dedicated projector and some type of media player. How does this type of art work buisness wise? I would love to know how they make money for the artist. Is she paid to create and set them up only?

2:24 PM  
Blogger John Azoni said...

I wondered the same thing myself, about purchasing these types of works.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i remember seeing this work back in the day , what ten years ago? in ny when everyplace was showing video stuff...95? he was showing like little dolls with the faces on them, singing, screaming... nice evolution of his stuff ....

11:01 PM  
Anonymous joschka said...

tony's a guy, and started out working performances. some with mike kelley. he went to cal arts. his works are definitely purchasable.

the earlier dolls were projected with a fuji projector (around $300 back then) and didn't have much of a shelf life. i had three and none lasted more than a year with minimal usage.

anything mechanical is going to break down eventually. he either updates the equipment, or replaces it with newer tech if it fails.

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Jef said...

I heard his work ranges from 30,000 up.

Despite video's failability, three different museums had to form a financial consortium to afford Bill Viola's show in New York a couple years ago.

2:28 AM  
Anonymous christina said...

couldn't find the thread for the dia thread story on gum & frankenthaler, so i'll post the update here: stumbled on the story in a scottish paper. and earlier in the week on john stewart's the daily show.

detroit artworld can make international headlines after all.

2:42 AM  
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