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Pressure Blue/Green

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Pressure Blue/Green

Artist: Tony Oursler (American, born 1957)
Date: 1996
Medium: Citizen 30 PC projector, VCR, videotape, tripod, wood, plexiglas, ceramic, water
Dimensions:
Overall: 53 x 11 x 11 in. (134.6 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from the Edmundson Art Foundation, Inc., 1996.29
Accession number: 1996.29
Classification: sculpture
Label TextDisembodiment and entrapment are the uncomfortable themes of many of Oursler’s video-enhanced sculptures. In this work, a projected, gurgling face endures an endless struggle to hold his breath, an image both humorous and disturbing. Oursler has created other works with heads immersed in water, but Pressure Blue/Green uniquely features the face and voice of the artist himself. Despite the clearly visible video equipment and motionless ceramic head, Oursler’s use of actual human features creates the uncanny impression of communication between the sculpture and the viewer.
Exhibition History"From Body to Being: Reflections on the Human Image," Des Moines Art Center, Feb. 1 - May 4, 1997
Published ReferencesAN UNCOMMON VISION: THE DES MOINES ART CENTER, Des Moines Art Center, 1998, ref. p.218, color ill. p.219
entirely unexpected