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Tony Oursler

b. 1957, New York, U.S; lives and works in New York, U.S.

Tony Oursler is a highly influential and renowned American artist known for his ground-breaking contributions to the realms of video art, sculpture, and installation. Born in 1957 in New York City, Oursler has consistently pushed the boundaries of artistic expression, exploring the intricate relationship between technology, communication, and human consciousness. Oursler's pioneering work often combines projected video imagery with sculptural elements, creating immersive environments that blur the lines between the physical and the digital. Through his installations, he delves into themes of identity, psychology, and the impact of media on contemporary culture. His art frequently incorporates human faces and figures, transforming them into mesmerizing and sometimes unsettling, animated projections that convey a sense of introspection and psychological depth. A key aspect of Oursler's art is his critical engagement with technology's influence on society. He investigates the effects of mass media, surveillance, and the manipulation of information, providing thought-provoking commentary on the human experience in the digital age.

Tony Oursler's recent solo exhibitions include Tony Oursler: Crossing Neptune, Michael Lowe Gallery, FotoFocus Biennial, Cincinnati (2022); Hypnosis (and other states), Zifergauz Gallery, St. Petersburg (2021); Tony Oursler: Black Box, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung City (2021); TC: the most interesting man alive, Lisson Gallery, New York (2018); Paranormal: Tony Oursler vs. Gustavo Rol, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin (2017); Tony Oursler: b0t / flOw - ch@rt, Galerie Forsblom, Stockholm (2017); Unidentified, Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles (2017); M*r>0r, Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm (2016); Imponderable, Museum of Modern Art, New York, (2016); >>pU3\*c<<, Hans Mayer Gallery, Dusseldorf (2016); template/variant/friend/stranger, Lisson Gallery, London (2015); Galeria Leme, São Paulo (2013); strawberry ecstasy green, Espace Louis Vuitton, Venice, (2013); agentic iced etcetera, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (2013); The Influence Machine, Tate Modern, London (2013); Norte Sul Leste Oeste, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo (2013); Oxt Variations, 313 Gallery, Seoul (2012); Sculpture, Jensen/Fox, Auckland (2012); top–down–bottom–up, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco (2012); Scribble, Adumbrations, Avlskarl Gallery, Copenhagen (2012); Open Obscura, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2011); Cell Phones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards, Metro Pictures Gallery, New York (2009); and High, Lisson Gallery, London (2008). Group exhibitions include Mouthpiece, New Media Gallery, New Westminster (2022); Pavilions, Lisson Gallery, New York (2022); Noire Lumière, HOW Museum, Shanghai (2020); Age of Terror: Art since 9/11, Imperial War Museum of Art, London (2017); Second Nature, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2017); A Perfect Match, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2016); La vie moderne, 13th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon (2015); Mike Kelley, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013); and The Influence Machine, Tate Modern, London (2013).

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