Currently on show at Metro Pictures is Tony Oursler’s ‘Cell Phones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards.’ The show consists of fourteen new works, ranging from installations to wall pieces. The pieces revolve around juxtaposition: painting merges with video and objects are either oversized or minute. Within the works, Oursler deals with issues such as phobia, obsession and addiction. One of the larger installations in the exhibition is a forest of projected cigarettes that endlessly smolder and restore themselves over and over again. The show will run through 11 April 2009.
Tony Oursler: Cell Phones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards
February 28 – April 11, 2009
The New York born and based Tony Oursler received his BA in Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts in 1957. Oursler has employed and mixed a range of media throughout his oeuvre. His work examines the relation between mass media and the individual and presents itself with humor and irony. The installations, video, performance, painting and sculpture have gained international acclaim and have been exhibited around the world. Moreover, he has contributed work to Documentas 9 and 10 and the 2007 Whitney Biennial. In 2008 he published a book in collaboration with DIA Center curator Lynn Cooke, covering his two-dimensional works from 1997 until 2007. ((Tony Oursler: Works 1997-2007 by Lynn Cooke and Tony Oursler, published by JRP|Ringier, 2008)