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Tony Oursler
Empty (video still)
2000
Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
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THE MAN BEHIND THE MOVING CAMERA
by Emily Nathan



Tony Oursler (b. 1957), the New York-born multimedia artist known for giving new meaning to the notion of “talking heads” with his surreal video installations, showed up last night for a packed screening of his video work at Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) on West 22nd Street in Chelsea. If EAI director Lori Zippay, who tossed pointed questions at the artist, was hoping for a formal presentation, she was out of luck. Oursler leaned back in his chair, his flannel shirt unbuttoned halfway down his chest, and peppered his responses with “I don’t know” while he smiled at his wife, the painter Jacqueline Humphries, who sat in the second row.

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