Go See – Brussels: Tony Oursler at Baronian Francey through January 9 2010

December 14th, 2009

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Tony Oursler, “Flood or Fear with Bugs” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

Currently showing at Baronian Francey are works by mixed media artist Tony Oursler.  Running through January 9, the exhibition presents pieces completed within the last year which examines the technology-humanity interface.  It both glorifies and mourns the pains of human subjectivity.

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Tony Oursler, “Reward Risk Punish” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler at Baronian Francey.

Tony Oursler uses modern technology to expose the nature of human perspective and a shifting inner self. In pieces like “Crystal Superstition Cave,” Oursler recalls and subverts Plato’s famous allegory which prizes philosophers, those who see a so-called Sun outside the darkness of human subjectivity. The Remote series flips a traditionally painter’s technique into this media artist’s plaything, itself commenting on technology’s interface with some essentially human fantasies and characteristics, genetic (in “Df-type”) and otherwise. Perspective is further twisted in pieces like “Viewer,” “Maximum Fix Threshold,” and, of course, “Fog or friends Saving the World with Mirrors,” which take the (pun implied) viewers on a trip through their own thresholds, as they see continually shifting things in projected pieces like the latter.

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Tony Oursler, “Crystal Superstition Cave” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Ourler, “Remote Distance” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “Remote Sex” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “Remote Superfearo” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “Df-Type” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “Brain Blank” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “Viewer” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

Born in 1957 in New York, Tony Oursler has had shows around the world. He has had exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; London’s Lisson Gallery; Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan; Bernier/Eliades, Greece; Galerie Faurshou, Copenhagen; Metro Pictures, New York; Musée de Orsay, Paris; Lehmann Maupin, New York; and more.

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Tony Oursler, “Faces = Death” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “Maximum Fix Threshold” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “Drive Driven Dr.” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “Emerald Bs Suck” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “Yellow Noose Purple” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “20 Franc,” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Tony Oursler, “Marlboro American Spirit Parliament Marlboro Camel Winston Salem Marlboro Camel” (2009), at Baronian Francey.

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Above and below, detail from Tony Oursler’s “Fog or friends Saving the World with Mirrors” (2009), at Baronian Francey.
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Related links:
Baronian Francey homepage
Tony Oursler Online

– R. Fogel