8 October – 18 October 2020
For the latest exhibition in East Hampton, Lisson Gallery is pleased to present work by New York based artist Tony Oursler. Oursler has been a pioneer of new media art since the 1980s, and his recent work has delved into the now ubiquitous societal feature of facial recognition and artificial intelligence. By investigating how easily one’s features are captured on camera, and then linked to vast amounts of data beyond the public eye, Oursler keenly considers the evolution of the relationship between man and machine.
Oursler further questions how humans relate to and understand the technology in our lives in the works on view. In +25^N (2019) an eye and the mouth are depicted on video screens, changing color and form, while the entire head is superimposed with selections of biometric mapping data used to identify and index the human face. These modern-age abstract representations not only question traditional notions of portraiture in art, but ask the viewer to confront how scientific categorization can distill all that makes human beings unique, and what individual identity means in the increasingly digital landscape of our every day.
Since its inauguration this summer, Lisson Gallery’s 1,000 square foot East Hampton space has presented exhibitions focused on both seminal, historic artworks and premiered new bodies of work. Previous artists on view include Stanley Whitney, Carmen Herrera, Anish Kapoor, Van Hanos, Joanna Pousette-Dart, Sean Scully, Shirazeh Houshiary and Liu Xiaodong. This focused format, in an intimate setting, recalls the origins of Lisson Gallery, which was established in 1967 in a storefront window on London’s Bell Street. The Long Island location of the new space joins Lisson’s two other galleries in the New York area, including the recent expansion to a second location on West 24th Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
The gallery will be open to the public Thursday to Sunday, from 11am to 4pm. The health and safety of visitors remains a top priority, and strict measures will be implemented in the space to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. A mask will be required for entry, and hand sanitizer will be provided. Please visit our website for further details about the guidelines and to schedule an appointment.