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Black box



Tony Oursler

United States of America

19 May 1957 –

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Installation , Time-based art
    Materials used
    single channel video projection, colour, sound, tinted resin projection box mounted on steel armature
    152.5 x 15.0 x 46.0 cm (irreg.)
    Gift of Brian and Gene Sherman 2021. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Tony Oursler
    Artist information
    Tony Oursler

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Tony Oursler’s Black box was created for a 2010 exhibition at Lehman Maupin Gallery, New York titled Peak, in which the artist explored the impact of technology on the human psyche through a series of works that investigated obsession, escapism, isolation and fetish. Black box comprises a rough textured, black resin cube mounted on a metal armature opposite a micro projector. The looped video features a nude figure who appears to climb out of a hole cut into the side of the cube, crouching and exclaiming ‘Oh, look, it’s… hurt’ before climbing back inside. Following this, another figure emerges, throwing an object out of the hole and climbing out after it. Retrieving the object and cradling it in their arms, the figure looks around before re-entering the cube.

Other works by Tony Oursler