Oursler’s haunting work appears across several sites in the landscape adjacent to the Gibbs house: on a hill, trees and the tidal zone. There are writhing intertwined figures forming a morphing collection of skulls; an arm and hammer; snakes; pyrotechnics; and even the eyes of various family members glistening on the wet mudflats.
Of the work Oursler comments it “is the most intuitive project that I’ve done in a long time, because its very much about edges and the way water meets the land in this very shallow three-mile tidal basin. I kind of fell in love with the enormous amount of mud and so was reading a lot about The Golem”.
Tony Oursler was born in New York in 1957 and currently lives and works in New York City. He completed a BA in fine arts at the California Institute for the Arts, Valencia, California in 1979. His art covers a range of mediums working with video, sculpture, installation, performance and painting. Oursler's work has been exhibited in
prestigious institutions including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Documenta VIII, IX and X, Kassel; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Portikus, Frankfurt; the Stedelijk van Abbe, Eindhoven; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Skulptur
Projekte, Munster; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Musée d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington; the Tate, Liverpool; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.