Born in New York, U.S.A 1957 | Lives and works in New York City, USA Renowned American multimedia and video artist Tony Oursler (b. 1957) is primarily known for his original and innovative combinations of video, sculpture and performance. A recurrent theme in Oursler’s work is the complex relationship between mankind and technology: he blurs the boundaries between the organic and the artificial in his video sculptures and installations. Oursler has been experimenting with and developing video art in New York City since the 1970s. Perhaps best known for his use of video footage of human faces projected onto spheres, dolls and other three-dimensional surfaces, Oursler's works are riveting: sculptural objects that seem to be alive, returning your startled gaze as they mutter, twitch and scream. Psychological disorder, the relationship between mass media and the human mind, youth culture and wireless communication are among the themes evoked and explored with humor and irony in Oursler's vividly surreal imaginings. Oursler holds a BFA from the California Institute for the Arts (1979). He has exhibited extensively all over the world, with shows at the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea PAC, Milan, Italy, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and the Vancouver Art Gallery this year. Oursler’s work is represented in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Dia Center for the Arts. In Europe, his work can be found at the Tate Gallery, London and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, collections.
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