The work of filmmaker and artist Tony Oursler (born in 1957) is incomparable with any other artist working today. His multimedia installations convey with crude visual apparatus and unbounded imagination the humor, ugliness, and malice of modern social interaction. Always fascinated by the interconnectedness of mass-media systems and the individual, Oursler is adept at melding traditional performance methods with modern technologies.
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About the artwork
Fragments of the dolls from Oursler's well known video works are clearly visible in the lithograph; the disembodied heads and hands of ventriloquist's puppets are scattered across the print. The title, of course, refers to the act of ventriloquism itself, the term hailing from the Latin for belly (venter) and speech (loqui). The figure whose stomach is being pushed in by an odd-looking contraption is therefore also highly relevant, the print as a whole allowing Oursler to explore the relationship between performer and dummy, artist and viewer.