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Tony Oursler (American, born 1957). Oursler is known for video, performance and installation art. He is married to the abstract painter Jacqueline Humphries[1]. He's part of the rock group, Poetics, with fellow CalArt students Mike Kelley and John Miller. He has collaborated with Constance DeJong, Tony Conrad, and Dan Graham and Sonic Youth.

Oursler is best known for his sculptural video installations where faces are projected onto ball-like screens to present faces that talk, scream, watch and engage their audience in the gallery.Frequently combining spoken text, moving image and sculptural object, Oursler’s works seem like animate effigies in their own psychological space, often appearing to interact directly with, or confront, the viewer. Signature works have been his talking lights, such as Streetlight (1997), his series of video sculptures of eyes with television screens reflected in the pupils, and ominous talking heads such as Composite Still Life (1999). An installation called Optics (1999) examines the polarity between dark and light in the history of the camera obscura. Oursler creates installations that consistently disturb and fascinate to great popular and critical acclaim.


Son of Fulton Jr. and Noel Oursler, Grandson of writers: Fulton Oursler: The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) ... (Writer) Boomerang! (1947) ... (Writer) The Spider (1945) ... (Writer) The Panther's Claw (1942) ... (Writer) The President's Mystery (1936) ... (Writer) Second Wife (1936) ... (Writer) The Circus Queen Murder (1933) ... (Writer) The Great Jasper (1933) ... (Writer) Night Club Lady (1932) ... (Writer) The Spider (1931) ... (Writer)

Grace Perkins (The Social Register (1934) (additional dialogue) Torch Singer (1933) (story "Mike") ... aka Broadway Singer Air Hostess (1933) (story) (as Dora Macy) No More Orchids (1932) (novel) Personal Maid (1931) (novel) Night Nurse (1931) (novel) (as Dora Macy) My Past (1931) (novel Ex-Mistress) (uncredited) ... aka Ex-Mistress and .

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