Tony Oursler will present a new body of work for his third exhibition at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 540 West 26th Street, New York City. The exhibition will be on view from 17 February through 24 March 2007. An extension of his drawings, collages and video sculptures, the exhibition will consist of large aluminum wall panels of unprecedented scale evoking the same spontaneity as his works on paper. As if magnifications of stop-motion photographs, the forms are reminiscent of liquid the moment it splatters on a surface.
These new works are a collision between painting and video, with Oursler continuing to innovatively employ sculpture, performance, video and painting. His use of laser-cut aluminum for the first time allows for dynamic new shapes and the insertion of videos, which have been pinched and pulled via computer manipulation to fit within the splatter forms. Exploring the ways that media affects the human psyche is a constant theme in Oursler's work, and here, the mixing of morphed videos, muffled sounds and odd forms engages the viewer in sometimes disturbing ways.
Tony Oursler lives and works in New York. He received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1979. Recently, his retrospective exhibition Dispositifs traveled from the Jeu de Paume in Paris to the DA2 Domus Atrium in Salamanca and the Kunstforeningen in Copenhagen. In a response to Gustav Courbet's The Artist's Studio, Oursler exhibited Studio: Seven Months of My Aesthetic Education (Plus Some), featuring a multimedia installation, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Curator Robert Storr included Oursler's sculptures in the acclaimed 2004 exhibition Disparities and Deformations: Our Grotesque at SITE Santa Fe. Tony Oursler's work is represented in numerous U.S. museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, as well as the Tate Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among other prestigious private collections worldwide.