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Tony Oursler ( born in 1957, NY) is an American artist currently living and working in NY. 
Always rooted in the medium of painting and film, Tony Oursler conjures sculptural and immersive experiences using technologies that hark back to magic lanterns, Victorian light shows, camera obscura and auratic parlor tricks, but that also look forward to the fully networked, digitally assisted future of image and identity production. As a pioneer of video art in early 1970s New York, Oursler specialized in hallucinogenic dramaturgy and radical formal experimentation, employing animation, montage.

From performative and low-fi beginnings, Oursler has developed an ever-evolving multimedia and audio-visual practice utilizing projections, computers, video screens, sculptures and optical devices.

His enduring fascination for the conjunctions between the diametrically opposed worlds of science and spiritualism have allowed him to explore a variety of subcultural activity and belief systems.



 Some of the past exhibitions

  • (2021) Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung City

  • (2020) Musée d’arts de Nantes, Nantes

  • (2017) MoMA New York, 

  • (2015) Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm

  • (2015) LUMA Westbau, Zurich

  • (2014) Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

  • (2013) Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev

  • (2012) ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

  • (2005) Met Museum, New York, NY


Permanently collected by: 

  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington

  • Centre G. Pompidou, Paris

  • MoMA, New York, NY

  • National Museum of Osaka

  • Tate Collection, London

 "Effect on Transmission impairments", 1998

81 x 61 cm, watercolor on paper

TONY OURSLER_woolbridge gallery
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