Honolulu Museum of Art, Honlulu, Hawaii Feb. 21 - Jun. 23, 2013
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This exhibition reveals the development of Oursler's work from the early 1990s to the present, with simple projections of filmed actors' faces and monologues/dialogues onto blank doll-like figures set in a suitcase or under mattresses, to ever more complex and convoluted situations that play with distortions of form and image.
The works on view include sculptures from Oursler's 2007 series Anomalous Bodies, Resonant Dust, Worms, a cosmic, comical look at outer space that uses imagery explored in science and in film (with nods to Jules Verne and sci-fi), adding parts of the human body, swirling clouds, and eerie lighting.
The show's most recent works, from 2012, incorporate small objects and tiny video projections within a proscenium mounted on a metal stand. "The characters interact as though they embody poetically layered patterns of thought," Oursler says of the intimate sculptures. "Each of these works is a contemplation on human relationships and the implicit existential struggle. I invite the viewer to lean in and decipher the shouts and murmurs as these relationships unfold. I hope they recognize a few of these situations."