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When:

Tue 1 Jul 2008–Fri 22 Aug 2008, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Jensen Gallery, Cnr McColl and Roxburgh St, Newmarket

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Fox Jensen Gallery

New works by New York artist Tony Oursler.

Tony Oursler’s video works are amongst the most engaging artworks being made using video technology. The manner in which they cross seamlessly through video, sculpture, installation and performance make his work highly dramatic and inventive.

Though Oursler’s reliance on technology is a pragmatic one – the magic of the work lies not in being overwhelmed by the potential of the technical equipment but rather in the works utterly compelling humanity. With its humour, its simplicity and poignancy, we as an audience are implicated in the drama that is played out by Oursler’s characters. He opens the door to us as voyeur, revealing private rantings, complex psychosexual dramas, stresses of urban confinement and pressure. Across this terrain he manages to touch a nerve in each of us.

Tony Oursler's work centres on our acceptance of the vanishing distinction between what is real and what is constructed through the use of common yet mimetic forms such as video, computers, television, film, photographs, talking heads and eyes etc. His fascination with the immense potential of new technologies and its power to imitate human spiritual and emotional capacities is an important feature of his work.

Oursler's video installations have been largely influenced by his examination of the media society and its effects on the soul of man, together with his analysis of the attempts made by psychological techniques to compensate for the dramatic loss of personal relations with fellow human beings. The pain of fragmentation and the reaction to the alienation from our bodies and from society is invoked into the theme of his new pieces of work.

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