Tony Oursler's exhibition agentic iced etcetera at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, Ukraine, is the first major solo exhibition by the artist in Eastern Europe. Tony Oursler: agentic iced etcetera features specially produced new works -- including a Ukrainian speaking installation -- as well as some of the most iconic pieces by the artist. The New York-based risk-taker has been a pioneer of New Media and video art, and is known for projecting moving images onto objects. In the video below, Eckhard Schneider (General Director, PinchukArtCenter) talks about the mission of PinchukArtCentre, and Bjorn Geldhof (Deputy Artistic Director, PinchukArtCenter) speaks about the significance of Oursler's oeuvre. Finally, Oursler himself talks in detail about his new works on view:
Oursler is today among the most important as well as the most influential artists of our generation. Formally, he has has developed a wide-ranging use of materials such as resin, glass, fabric, steel and various found objects, which are kaleidoscopically overlaid with projection, light and sound, forming a unique embodiment of his themes.
Projecting moving images onto objects, Oursler moves beyond traditional uses of media such as cinema, television and the computer and creates something akin to "living" sculptures. The scenarios he devises are often full of poetic and humorous performances, incorporating all manner of physical and auditory representations of the human form.
Tony Oursler graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1979 and is currently based in New York. His works have been widely exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (2012); Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2011); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010); Kunsthaus Bregenz (2009); Kunstforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen (2006); Musee d'Orsay, Paris (2004) and many more. Group exhibitions include the Museum of Art and Design, New York (2012); Cincinnati Art Museum (2011); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2010); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2010) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008).
PinchukArtCentre is an international centre for contemporary art in Kiev, the capital and largest city in Ukraine. It was opened in 2006 by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation. Tony Oursler: agentic iced etcetera is on view until April 21, 2013.
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