Tony Oursler (American, b.1957) is a multimedia and installation artist. Born in Manhattan, he attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he completed his BA in 1979. In the early 1980s, Oursler returned to the East Coast, and eventually opened his own studio in New York City. Known for his mass-media-inspired and consumer-driven work, Oursler explores the psychological and social relationships between individuals and visual technologies. Applying humor and irony to his wide range of work, which has included painting, installation, performance, and sculpture, Oursler elevates everyday things above their mere objectivity to solidify their impact on contemporary culture. As his art has progressed, Oursler repeatedly questions visual technologies’ affect on the way we view the world, and how images are construed for public consumption.
Oursler has had numerous exhibitions around the world, including at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; documenta VIII, IX, Kassel, Germany; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the D.O.P. Foundation, Caracas, Venezuela; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Skulptur Projekte Münster; Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Tate, Liverpool, UK.