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Installation This Week for Luminato

June 4th, 2009

Tony Oursler's Haze or Transparency with Friends and Colors near Henry Moore’s Large Two Forms

Tony Oursler’s Haze or Transparency with Friends and Colors near Henry Moore’s Large Two Forms on the northeast corner of the AGO.

In conjunction with Luminato, the AGO has begun installation of three new works of art to be featured in the Luminato festival. The works by multimedia and installation artist Tony Oursler will be installed in distinct outdoor locations. One smaller work will be shown in the street level Young Gallery, along with an older projection work dating from the mid-1990s.
Installation for Void or Everything Ever Wanted began Tuesday morning at 4 Grange Road, behind Butterfield Park, while installation has also commenced on Haze or Transparency with Friends and Colors, sited on the northeast corner of the AGO near Henry Moore’s Large Two Forms. Both of these works are large house-like structures animated by the presence of numerous flat screens which project dramas that Oursler filmed in his New York studio.

Installation for Tony Oursler’s Haze or Transparency with Friends and Colors

Installation for Tony Oursler’s Haze or Transparency with Friends and Colors

The small-scale work, Flood or Fear with Bugs, reveals in intimate terms Oursler’s process. Also on view in the Young Gallery is contextual material, such as scripts and storeyboards that relate to the outdoor works. All three new works focus on the relationship between memory and architecture, video and language, and use the notion of the house to function as a metaphor for the human mind with its various chambers. The content of the films conveys Oursler’s fixation with states of anxiety and interpersonal conflict. Oursler’s customary mix of light, sound, video, performance and smoke will capture the intense psychological states his work seeks to explore.

Oursler (American, born 1957) is well-known for his fractured-narrative, handmade videotapes, which involve elaborate soundtracks, painted sets, stop-action animation and optical special effects. For his project in Toronto he is experimenting with flat screen technology for the first time. All three of these works have been specifically produced for Luminato and the AGO.

Luminato runs from June 5 to 14. Now in its third year, this annual ten-day event celebrates the arts, and Toronto’s stages, streets, and public spaces are infused with theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, and design.

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