Tony Oursler will be the protagonist of the exhibition curated by Danilo Eccher at FaMa Gallery in Verona (Italy) opening on 28th September 2012.
After the important anthological exhibition held at PAC – Contemporary Art Pavilion – in Milan in 2011, the famous American multimedia artist comes back to Italy to present an articulated series of new works, including two big installation works, three micro sculptures and a series of paintings involving animated images.
Denouement, this is the enigmatic title of his personal exhibition – running through 21st December 2012 – recalls that central moment of great intensity typical of any oral or visual narration when the plot is revealed and a new light is cast on the whole story.
Oursler’s research on the complexity of social interactions – and on how technology affects our psychology and our being in the world – makes use of contemporary communication tools to create works which, merging different expressive registers and formal approaches, investigate the mechanism of today popular culture. Oursler’s work is characterized by an interest in the evolution of mental processes and of the individuals when facing a radical change – in the age of new technologies and of mass communication – in the relation with his or her own body and the others.
The works resulting from this research play with dimensions, sounds, movements, spaces, languages and materials and they involve the viewer in an almost obliged dialogue with his virtual creatures.
Indecipherable whispers and cries cross the dreamlike and disturbing universes created by Oursler’s works. Fragmented dialogues, distorted and interrupted words – evoking that incommunicability typical of mental illness, but also that due to an excessive number of messages, typical of our society – increase the feeling of general alienation. The psychedelic imaginary created by the artist – though charming and emotionally involving – still maintains a dimension of alienation and hallucination.
The new body of works on display at FaMa Gallery features video projections of characters, animations, performances and texts – typical of Oursler’s work – combined with a detail-rich sculptured microcosm. These works – like the animated paintings – dialogue with the two big installations further enlarging the field of possible interactions between form and characters.
For the artist these works are the mirror of the psychological condition of contemporay man, who is distressed by contrasting wishes, isolated and connected at the same time, split between the memory of the past and the present. The viewer is led into weird landscapes where lunatics, lovers, drunken dancers, clowns, poets, devils and tramps – whose shapes of light are projected onto large colourful surfaces, crystal balls, caves, matter lumps – stage this endless existential fighting.
Tony Oursler is widely recognized as the “father” of video sculpture and is worldwide appreciated for his original combination of videos, performance works and sculptures characterizing his artistic practice. Oursler is also one of David Bowie’s favourite artists – who wanted him for the performance at the 1997 concert in Madison Square Garden – he has been the Sonic Youth’s filmmaker and was co-founder, together with Mike Kelley, of the punk-rock band The Poetics. Finally, his works are present in the collections of the most important Modern and Contemporary Art museums, like MoMA in New York and Tate in London.
Tony Oursler | Denouement | FaMa Gallery | 28 sept ’12 – 21 dec. ’12
Verona | Italy
www.famagallery.com | ph. +39 045.8030985
Tony Oursler (New York, 1957) He completed a BA in fine arts al California Institute for the Arts, Valencia, California in 1979. Oursler’s work has been exhibited in prestigious institutions including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Documenta VIII, IX, Kassel; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Skulptur Projekte, Munster; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington; Tate, Liverpool. The artist currently lives and works in New York City