07 05 2013
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Tony Oursler, UFOs, and Effigies Apr 16–May 25 at Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, NYC


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http://arthurrossarchitecturegallery.org/dev/exhibitions/tony-oursler-ufos-and-effigies#

Apr 16–May 25, 2013 
Tony Oursler, UFOs, and Effigies

Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery
Graduate School of Architecture
Planning and Preservation
Columbia University
1172 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10027


The exhibition presents two sets of images drawn from artist Tony Oursler’s extensive photographic archives.  The two collections serve not only to open new perspectives onto the more well-known aspects of Oursler’s artistic production, but also to raise a larger set of questions about the “rhetoric” of the photographic image.  Among other important distinctions, the two sets of photographs exhibit different mediatic temperatures.  The heightened realism of the “hot” effigy photos and the “cool” objectivity of the UFO photography occupy competing and symmetrically opposite evidentiary positions.  Each set strains against the outer edges of the truth claims that were culturally invested in photography, particularly as it functioned prior to the widespread adoption of digital photography and the electronic distribution of imagery via the Internet.
 
For the exhibition, Oursler has produced a new video composed entirely of UFO and effigy imagery drawn from YouTube. Oursler’s new piece embraces one medium (streaming digital video) in order to reflect upon the loss of another (pre-digital photography).  In so doing, it suggests a dialectic between the persistence of popular customs and modes of belief and the mutability of the means and media by which they are culturally embodied and communicated.
 
 
 
Curators
Branden W. Joseph, Mark Wasiuta
 
Assistant Curator
Adam Bandler
 
Exhibition Design
Mark Wasiuta, Adam Bandler
 
Graphic Design
MTWTF
 
Video Editing
Amanda Long, Phil Birch
 
Exhibitions Assistants
Zoe Florence, Nicholas Reiter
 
CCCP Assistant
Nina Kolowratnik
 
Exhibitions Crew
Shalini Amin, Carlo Bailey, Albert Franco, Mi Rae Lee, Michelle Mortensen, Sareeta Patel, Brittany Roy, David Kuyhoon Seo, Alejandro Stein, Ruth Wang, Katie Zaeh
 
CCCP Crew
Javier Antón, Gregory Barton, Katia Davidson, Devina Kirloskar, Elis Mendoza
 
 
 
Curators: Branden W. Joseph, Mark Wasiuta
Assistant Curator: Adam Bandler
Exhibition Design: Mark Wasiuta, Adam Bandler
Graphic Design: MTWTF
Video Editing: Amanda Long, Phil Birch
Exhibitions Assistants: Zoe Florence, Nicholas Reiter
CCCP Assistant: Nina Kolowratnik
Exhibitions Crew: Shalini Amin, Carlo Bailey, Albert Franco, Mi Rae Lee, Michelle Mortensen, Sareeta Patel, Brittany Roy, David Kuyhoon Seo, Alejandro Stein, Ruth Wang, Katie Zaeh
CCCP Crew: Javier Antón, Gregory Barton, Katia Davidson, Devina Kirloskar, Elis Mendoza

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