Tony Oursler: Water Memory

Guild Hall is pleased to present an exhibition of works by the renowned multimedia artist and pioneer of video art, Tony Oursler from June 8–July 21. Admission to Guild Hall Museum is always free thanks to underwriting by BNB Bank and Landscape Details.

Fresh off of his dynamic Public Art Fund Commission, Tear of the Cloud, which was on view at Riverside Park this past October, Tony Oursler takes over the entire Guild Hall Museum to delve into the subject of water and “magical thinking” as it relates to the East End. Water Memory features the first time presentation of a new process of projection on mist that the artist has worked on creating and mastering over the past 18 years. The exhibition also features micro computer monitors set into hand blown glass heads, as well as projections onto unconventional surfaces, and gallery walls. Through his inventive technological approach, Oursler explores the ubiquitous elements of water as a repository for belief systems, with references that range from sea monsters and evil spirits to cartography and the claimed ability of water memory.

A pioneer of installation and multimedia art since the late 1970s, Tony Oursler has developed an experimental and innovative practice that utilizes projections, optical devices, audio, video, and sculpture to move images away from the white wall and onto unexpected surfaces or environments. Employing conceptual dramaturgy, VR, 3D, stop motion, and live action, Oursler’s films draw inspiration from pop cultural and fringe phenomena while frequently referring to science and technological advances to create a dialogue between perception and communication.

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