Tony Oursler

- Selected Works
- Biography

Tony Oursler ( B. 1957 ) is an American artist known for his multimedia works, its installations and its performances.

He studied at the California Institute of the Arts where he graduated in 1979.

During his career he has worked with Constance DeJong, Tony Conrad and Dan Graham and Sonic Youth. Since its inception, he is interested in video. Multimedia works, that made his renown, are videos that are projected in three dimensions, often on spherical surfaces, which accentuate the expressiveness of the subject: a face in the act of speaking, to observe or yell. Combining sculpture, multimedia projections and recordings of the human voice, Oursler looks for an interaction with the audience and the animation of psychological and philosophical concepts in a dreamlike space: great attention is given to light (see for example his Streetlight installation of Optics 1997 or 1999, which examined the polarity of light through a dark room).

- Exhibitions
  • 2017

    Tony Oursler - Sound Digressions: Spectrum - Galerie Mitterrand, Paris
    Unidentified - Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2016

    Tony Oursler - Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm
    Tony Oursler - A*gR_3 - Galeria Moises Perez de Albeniz, Madrid
    Tony Oursler: Imponderable - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY
    Tony Oursler - »pU#\*c« - Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf
    Tony Oursler - PriV%te - Lehmann Maupin - Hong Kong, Hong Kong

  • 2015

    Tony Oursler - Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athen
    Tony Oursler - Imponderable - Galerie du Jour agnès b, Paris
    Tony Oursler - Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
    Tony Oursler – template/variant/friend/stranger - Lisson Gallery, London

  • 2014

    Tony Oursler - Passe-Partout - Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
    Tony Oursler - Obscura - Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf
    Tony Oursler - Guy Pieters Gallery - Saint Paul de Vence, Saint-Paul de Vence

  • 2013

    Phantasmagoria, Grand-Hornu MAC’s, Hornu, Belgium
    Glare Schematics, A Baronian Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
    hopped (popped), Edward Hopper House, Nyack, New York
    Galeria Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Ekeberg Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway
    John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
    Phobic / White Trash, JGM Galerie & Campoli Presti, Paris, France
    strawberry ecstasy green, Espace Louis Vuitton, Venice, Italy
    Tony Oursler: UFOs and Effigies, Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, New York
    Little Worlds, Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii
    agentic iced etcetera, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine
    The Influence Machine, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
    Norte Sul Leste Oeste, Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • 2012

    Oxt Variations, 313 Art Project, Seoul, Korea
    Denouement, FaMa Gallery, Verona, Italy
    Open Obscura, PAC - Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
    Sculpture, Jensen Gallery, Sydney, Australia
    Sculpture, Jensen/Fox, Auckland, New Zealand
    Super Pop (and Not), Contemporary by Angela Li, Hong Kong
    top–down–bottom–up, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA
    Lapsed Fantasist, Galerie Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany
    False-Color Actions, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
    Scribble, Adumbrations, Avlskarl Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Face to Face, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark

  • 2011

    Adobe Museum of Digital Media, Online
    As Above, So Below, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
    Open Obscura, PAC - Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
    JMG Galerie, Paris, France

  • 2010

    Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro (November)
    "Valley," Adobe Museum of Digital Media
    "Peak," Lehmann Maupin, New York
    "ON/OFF," Jensen Gallery, New Zealand
    "Vertical Loop Task," Baldwin Gallery, Aspen
    "Number Seven, Plus or Minus 2," Faurschou Gallery, Beijing, China

  • 2009

    "LOCK 2,4,6", Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2009 - 2010) (cat. and CD)
    "50 Schilling," Galerie Steinek, Vienna, Austria
    Baronian-Francey, Brussels, Belgium
    "Void or Everything Ever Wanted," Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada
    "Haze or Transparency with Friends and Colors," AGO, Toronto, Canada
    "Five Take Radius," Clocktower, New York
    "Gaze Heuristic (With Drool)," Galleria IN ARCO, Turin, Italy
    "Cellphones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards," Metro Pictures, New York
    Paule Anglim Gallery, San Francisco, CA
    "Splatter Project #1," Frank Sinatra High School, New York (Permanent public project)

  • 2008

    “Mirada Pensante” Espacio Cultural El Tanque, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    "High," Lisson Gallery, London, England
    “Trunk Mask Bomb Frame Hatchet Crutch Queen,” Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
    “NixAlienClimaxCloudAxe,” House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
    "St. Roch," KK Projects, New Orleans
    "Project for Physic Garden," London, England
    "AWGTHTGTWTA," New York
    "Horizon Scander Jeu," (In collaboration with Tony Conrad and Constance DeJong) Gare du Nord, Paris, France
    Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
    Project for Land and Beach, Gibbs Farm, New Zealand

  • 2007

    "Ooze," Lehmann Maupin, New York
    "Phobos," Bernier/Eliades, Athens, Greece
    “Dum-Dum, Metalbreath, Wadcutter,” Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan
    Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki (2007-2008) (cat.)
    Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
    "Million Colors," Phoenix (Permanent public project)

  • 2006

    “Spaced,” Margo Levin Gallery, Los Angeles
    Simon Studer Art, Geneva, Switzerland
    "Sound Digressions in Seven Colors" Nyehaus, New York
    Galleria IN ARCO, Turin, Italy
    "Disposifs," Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen, Germany
    "Perfect Partner," Collaboration with Phil Morrison and Kim Gordon, Montclair, New Jersey
    "Thought Forms," Metro Pictures, New York

  • 2005

    "Blue Invasion," Sydney, Australia
    “Studio: Seven Months of My Aesthetic Education (Plus Some)”, “Climaxed”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    “Dispositifs,” Jeu de Paume, Paris (Cat.); Domus Atrium 2002, Salamanca, Spain (Cat.) Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
    "Perfect Partner," Collaboration with Phil Morrison and Kim Gordon, Barbican, London

  • 2004

    Lehmann Maupin, New York
    "Unk," Aarhus Kunsthaus, Aarhus, Denmark
    "Sexta de Cifra," Barcelona Civic Plaza, Barcelona, Spain (Permanent Public Project)
    "Blob," Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
    "Studio: Seven Months of My Aesthetic Education (Plus Some)," Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France
    "Braincast," Seattle Public Library, Seattle
    "PHOBOS," Bernier Eliades, Athens
    Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

  • 2003

    Metro Pictures, New York
    Bernier/Eliades, Athens, Greece
    Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
    Lisson Gallery, London, England
    Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco

  • 2002

    Parallel Lines, Galleria in Arco, Torino, Italy; Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Travai, Italy (cat.)
    Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Italy
    "Station" and "The Influence Macgine (Swedish version)," Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden (cat. and CD)
    "Tony Oursler,” Lehmann Maupin, New York
    Galerie Steinek, Vienna, Austria
    "Luftmetall," Galerie Hans Meyer, Dusseldorf, Germany
    "Shock-Rock”, Gräflicher Kurpark Driburg, Garten_Landschaft
    OstWestfalenLippe, Germany
    “Tony Oursler: Drawings, CD-ROM, Installation, Videotapes,” Pei Ling Chan Gallery and Garden for the Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia

  • 2001

    "Antennae Pods transmissions", Metro Pictures, New York
    Institute Valencià D’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain (cat.)
    Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    “Flucht,” Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
    Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastian, Spain
    Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris
    Galerie Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain

  • 2000

    “Sulfer, Glass, Silicon,” 1000 Eventi, Milan (cat.)
    “The Empty Cabinet,” Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego Lisson Gallery, London
    “Tony Oursler,” Bernier/Eliades, Athens
    Galerie Steinek, Vienna
    Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
    “Tony Oursler: The Darkest Color Infinitely Amplified,” The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (broch.)
    "The Influence Machine," New York
    “EVOL,” Sammlung Goetz, Munich

  • 1999

    Tel Aviv Museum of Art
    "Introjection: Tony Oursler mid-career survey, 1976-1999," MASS MoCA, N. Adams, Massachusetts; Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts (17 April- 24 October 1999); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (11 December 1999- 13 February 2000); Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2 April- 30 July 2000); Des Moines Art Center (11 November 2000- 21 January 2001) (cat.)
    Galerie Biedermann, München
    Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

  • 1998

    Metro Pictures, New York
    “Directions-Tony Oursler: Video Dolls with Tracey Liepold,” Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. (broch)
    "Videotapes, Dummies, Drawings, Photographs, Viruses, Heads, Eyes, & CD-ROM," Kunstverein Hannover, Germany, Malmö; Konsthall, Sweden (cat.)
    Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid (cat.)
    “The Poetics Project: 1977-1997”, in collaboration with Mike Kelley

  • 1997

    "Judy," Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
    Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles (and 2000)
    Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado
    capc Musée, Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux; Salade Exposiciones Rekalde, Bilboa (cat.)
    Paule Anglim, San Francisco
    “The Poetics Project: 1977-1997”, in collaboration with Mike Kelley
    Galerie Biedermann, Munich
    Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
    “Der menschliche Faktor—Das individuum im Spiegel der zeitgenosslschen Kunst,” Hypo Bank Luxembourg, Kunsthandel Achenbach, Dusseldorf
    The Video Room, White Columns, New York
    “Videoskulpturen,” Galerie Franck & Schulte, Berlin

  • 1996

    Lisson Gallery, London
    Jean Bernier Gallery, Athens
    Metro Pictures, New York
    Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (broch.)
    "My Drawings 1976-1996," Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany (cat.)

  • 1995

    "System for Dramatic Feedback," Portikus Frankfurt; Les Musées de la Ville de Strasbourg, France; Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland; Stedlijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland (traveling exhibition)
    "Tony Oursler: Video Installations, Objects, Watercolors," Musée des Arts Modernes et Contemporains, Strasbourg, France
    Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
    Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria
    “Tony Oursler- Ouvres Récentes,” Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid (cat.)

  • 1994

    Lisson Gallery, London
    Bernier/Eliades, Athens
    Linda Chathcart Gallery, Santa Monica
    “Dummies, Flowers, Alters, Clouds, and Organs,” Metro Pictures, New York
    “Tony Oursler—Recent Video Works,” The contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii

  • 1993

    "White Trash and Phobic," Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva; Kunstwerke, Berlin (cat.)
    Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
    The Living Room, San Francisco
    “Dummies, Dolls, and Posion Candy,” IKON Gallery, Birmingham (cat.); Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, (split site exhibition)

  • 1992

    “F/X Plotter, 2 Way,” Kijkhuis, The Hague, The Netherlands
    The Space, Boston
    The Knitting Factory, New York

  • 1991

    Diane Brown Gallery, New York
    “Dummies, Hex Signs, Watercolours,” The Living Room, San Francisco
    The Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco
    The Cinématèque, San Francisco

  • 1990

    Diane Brown Gallery, New York
    “Dummies, Hex Signs, Watercolours,” The Living Room, San Francisco
    The Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco
    The Cinématèque, San Francisco

  • 1989

    Folkwang Museum, Essen (cat.)
    Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Basel
    Collective for Living Cinema, New York
    Bobo Gallery, San Francisco

  • 1988

    “Tony Oursler’s Works,” Le Lieu, Quebec City
    “Constellation: Intermission,” Diane Brown Gallery, New York
    Western Front, Vancouver
    Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies/EZTV, Los Angeles

  • 1987

    The Kitchen, New York

  • 1986

    "Spheres of Influence," Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (cat.)
    New Langton Arts, San Francisco
    Boston Film/Video Foundation, Boston

  • 1985

    Kijkhuis, Den Haag, The Netherlands
    Kunst Delft, Delft, The Netherlands
    ELAC, Espace Lyonnais d’Art Contemporain, Lyon
    Schule fur Gestaltung, Basel

  • 1984

    Anthology Film Archives, New York
    “L-7, L-5,” The Kitchen, New York
    Mo David Gallery, New York
    The Kitchen, New York

  • 1983

    La Mamelle, San Francisco
    “My Sets,” Media Study, Buffalo
    “Son of Oil,” A Space, Toronto
    Panic House/Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles

  • 1982

    The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
    Boston Film/Video Foundation, Boston
    “A Scene,” P.S.1, New York
    “Complete Works”, The Kitchen, New York
    Soho TV M/T Channel 10, New York

  • 1981

    University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley “Video Viewpoints,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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