Tony Oursler

Tony Oursler + Mike Kelley
Poetics Project

Very scarce Tony Oursler + Mike Kelley exhibition catalogue / artists’ book published in conjunction with a major two-person exhibition held 1997 – 1998 in Tokyo. Includes colour installation images of the exhibition as installed at Documenta X, June 21 – September 28, 1997. “The ongoing ‘Poetics Project’ serves up a rich mix of visual and aural experiences, while inviting viewers to question the reliability of the shows as history. Artist Mike Kelley says, ‘If you don’t create your own history, someone else will.” Kelley and Tony Oursler’s the ‘Poetics Project 1977-1997’ is a retrospective work that draws from their collaborative efforts in painting, video, sculpture, drawing and music. Although the ostensible subject of this project is Kelley and Oursler’s early experiences as performers in a loose-knit musical group called the Poetics, its broader concerns are the processes by which history is constructed, and the reciprocal relationship between the fine arts and popular culture. The conflation of past and present in the ‘Poetics Project’ makes it difficult at first for the viewer to penetrate the work. Video installations and taped interviews with visual artists, rock musicians and critics are intermingled with paintings, sculptures and stacks of drawings. A precise checklist and diagram prepared by Kelley and Oursler methodically pinpoint the authorship of each work, while serving as a serf-guided tour and critical record of the project. Only with this didactic help do viewers come to realize that the ‘Poetics Project’ is almost entirely made up of works created in 1997 and 1998, though based on what Kelley and Oursler tell us is a single notebook of sketches and a collection of audio recordings–some little more than notations for never-performed works–which date from the late 1970s and early ’80s (the Poetics disbanded in 1983). Filled with irony and steeped in serf-reflexive practice, this work builds upon the radical autobiographical prose of William S. Burroughs and art works and performances by artists such as John Baldessari, Allan Kaprow and Andy Warhol. Reminiscent of Warhol’s A:A Novel, which records one day in the life of the artist in 384 pages, the ‘Poetics Project’ is an expanding template of art works which explores how the past can be reconstructed to shed light on the present.” — Diane Shamash, Art in America, October 1998

First and only edition of this unique Japanese publication from these two American artists. Cardboard covers feature decal artwork reproducing the Oursler/Kelley collaborative artwork “Poetics Country”, 1997.

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Invisible Adversaries
edited by Lauren Cornell

‘Invisible Adversaries’ was a major exhibition curated by Lauren Cornell and Tom Eccles inspired by the 1976 feature film by the radical Austrian artist Valie Export. The film presents a woman’s struggle to retain her sense of self against hostile alien forces that appear increasingly ubiquitous, colonizing the minds of all those around her. Motifs from the film – among them, architecture’s influence on identity; feminist critique; and the power of political fantasy – operate as filters through which to consider significant pieces from the Marieluise Hessel Collection.

With works by over 50 artists including Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Chantal Akerman, Kai Althoff, Janine Antoni, Ida Applebroog, Phyllida Barlow, Lynda Benglis, Barbara Bloom, Paul Chan, Patty Chang, Anne Collier, Rineke Dijkstra, Trisha Donnelly, VALIE EXPORT, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, K8 Hardy, Rachel Harrison, Mona Hatoum, Roni Horn, Emily Jacir, Annette Kelm, Leigh Ledare, Nikki S. Lee, Sarah Lucas, Tala Madani, Christian Marclay, Helen Marten, Ulrike Müller, Bruce Nauman, Tony Oursler, Philippe Parreno, William Pope.L, Seth Price, Magali Reus, Rachel Rose, Thomas Ruff, Ilene Segalove, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Diane Simpson, Lorna Simpson, Jo Spence, Hito Steyerl, Tunga, Gillian Wearing, Martha Wilson, and Krzysztof Wodiczko, amongst others.

This 300-page publication designed by Zak Group with original essays by nine influential writers, scholars and artists: Zach Blas, Johanna Fateman, Nav Haq, Vít Havránek, J. Hoberman, Alex Kitnick, Tavia Nyong’O, Lauren O’Neill-Butler, and Julian Rose. The catalogue also includes original interviews with VALIE EXPORT, Trevor Paglen, and Hito Steyerl.

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Fourth Biennale of Sydney 1982
Vision in Disbelief

Catalogue published on the occasion of the Fourth Biennale of Sydney 1982, 7 April – 23 May 1982. Under the artistic direction of William Wright the 1982 Biennale was titled “Vision in Disbelief” and featured the work of Jörg Immendorff, Dan Graham, Brian Eno, Sue Ford, Joan Jonas, Lyndal Jones, John Baldessari, Robert Ashley, Billy Apple, Gary Hill, Fiona Hall, Philip Guston, General Idea, Bill Henson, Slave Guitars, Michael Snow, Severed Heads, Martha Rosler, Nam June Paik, Mike Parr, Tony Oursler, Davida Allen, Dale Frank, Rebecca Horn, Gareth Sansom, Lucas Samaras, Pe Kirkeby, Maria Kozik, Laughing Hands, Bertrand Lavier, Liz Magor, Anne Marsh, Markus Lupertz, William Wegman, Bill viola, Niele Toroni, Ken Unsworth, Marina Abramovic, John Ahearn, Vivienne Binns, Ian Breakwell, Georg Baselitz, Frank Auerbach, Claus Bohmler, Sydney Ball, Anti-Music, Laurie Anderson, Terry Allen, →↑→ and many more.
This catalogue includes colour and black and white examples of the work of all participating artists alongside texts and biographies
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Kim’s Bedroom
by Kim Gordon


The great Kim Gordon hardcover book and CD from Purple Books, published in 2000 to accompany the exhibition ‘Kim’s Bedroom’, curated by Kim Gordon at Mu – De Witte Dame, Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Superbly balanced range of work from Gordon herself, along with Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon, Spike Jonze, Sofia Coppola, Jutta Koether, Susan Cianciolo, Rita Ackermann, Sadie Benning, Thurston Moore, Tamra Davis, Mark Gonzalez, Kathleen Hanna, Cameron Jamie, Richard Kern, Dave Markey, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Tony Oursler and many more.
CD is included with the book/catalogue “Kim’s Bedroom” published for the exhibition ‘Kim’s Bedroom’, curated by Kim Gordon at Mu – De Witte Dame, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

From the press release: “In Kim’s Bedroom, conceptualizer and guest curator Kim Gordon introduces the spectator to an extraordinary, personal world in which visual arts, photography, film/video, fashion and music have come together. The project included an exhibition, a music performance, and a film night. During the opening of the exhibition, a publication designed by the Paris-based ‘Purple’ was presented. This publication contains works by most of the artists participating in Kim’s Bedroom, plus a CD.”

CD includes tracks by: Mike Kelley, John Fahey, Laetitia Sadier, Kim Gordon, Ikue Mori, DJ Olive, Cat Power, Raymond Pettibon, Andrew Tull, Raymond Pettibon, Jutta Koether, Jim O’Rourke, Ikue Mori, Adris Hoyos, Tom Verlaine, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Yoshimi P. We, Rita Ackermann, Atari (Boredoms), David Nuss (No Neck Blues Band), Yoshida (Psycho Ba Ba) and Shoji (Japan Overseas).

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