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Tony Oursler: agentic iced etcetera. Solo Show at PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv, Ukraine

Tony Oursler’s exhibition agentic iced etcetera at the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv, Ukraine is the first major solo exhibition by the artist in Eastern Europe. Tony Oursler: agentic iced etcetera presents specially produced new works, including a Ukrainian speaking installation, as well as some of the most iconic pieces of the artist. The New York–based artist has been a pioneer of New Media and video art. Tony Oursler is especially known for projecting moving images onto objects. In this video, Eckhard Schneider (General Director, PinchukArtCenter) talks about the mission of PinchukArtCentre, Bjorn Geldhof (Deputy Artistic Director, PinchukArtCenter) speaks about the significance of Tony Oursler’s work. Finally Tony Oursler talks in detail about the specially produced new works. The show runs until April 21, 2013.

As Eckhard Schneider, General Director of the PinchukArtCentre states:

“Tony Oursler (born 1957) is one of the pioneers of the genre. For Oursler video is a medium comparable to water in its extreme fluidity, one that had remained imprisoned within television for fifty years. He has not only succeeded in liberating video from the screen, but also in developing it into video sculpture. His works are introspections on the human psyche under the influence of mass media. The majority of the work that will be on show has been created especially for the PinchukArtCentre – a dramatic labyrinth of sensations.”

PinchukArtCentre is an international centre for contemporary art of the 21st century in Kyiv, the capital and largest city of Ukraine. It was opened in 2006 by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

Tony Oursler: agentic iced etcetera at PinchukArtCenter, Kiev (Ukraine). Interview with Eckhard Schneider, Tony Oursler and Bjorn Geldhof, February 15, 2013. Video by Frantisek Zachoval.

PS: Watch also our 2009 coverage of Tony Oursler: Cell Phones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards at Metro Pictures, New York. Running concurrently with the Tony Oursler show at PinchukArtCentre: Jake & Dinos Chapman: Chicken.

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Tony Oursler: Cell Phones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards / Metro Pictures, New York

Metro Pictures presents an exhibition of new work by Tony Oursler titled Cell Phones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards. On display are a variety of new works that take on technology, obsessive desires, phobias, socially acceptable addiction, and self-help culture.

The largest work is a forest of smoldering cigarettes. Other works are an 8-foot long five-dollar bill with an animated Abe Lincoln, an enormous cell phone spewing disjointed snippets of conversations, and a series of miniature architectural-model tableaux illuminated with projected performers that enact scripted existential dramas. There are also wall pieces that combine video and painting.

Tony Oursler has been a pioneer of new media art since the mid-1970s, known for his video and installation works combining spoken text, moving image and sculptural objects. Tony Oursler (born in 1957) lives and works in New York. He has had numerous project and survey exhibitions in institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Musée de Jeu de Paume, Paris. He will present a show of new work at the Kunsthaus Bregenz later this year.

Tony Oursler’s exhibition Cell Phones Diagrams Cigarettes Searches and Scratch Cards at Metro Pictures runs until April 11, 2009.

Impressions of the opening reception, March 3, 2009.

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