Tony Oursler

American (New York City, New York, 1957)

F/X Plotter #2

installation | cloth and video projection
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  • F/X Plotter #2

    Tony Oursler, F/X Plotter #2, 1992; cloth and video projection, dimensions variable (approximately 2 ft. x 7 ft.); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Anne MacDonald; © Tony Oursler

Through a variety of projection devices, Tony Oursler lifts the electronic image from the video screen and onto the surfaces of free-standing objects.

Here he projects a talking face onto a blank headlike form, which hovers eerily above an elongated "body" of black cloth. In the spoken word soundtrack accompanying the video projection, the character of a special effects technician recalls especially violent scenes produced for entertainment media and expresses as personal experience the shock he suffers in recollection.

Dimensions variable (approximately 2 ft. x 7 ft.)
Acquired 1994
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Anne MacDonald
© Tony Oursler


narration, motion pictures, violence, science fiction, make-believe, suits, faces, projections, sculpture, corners, distortion

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