City Paper is not for tourists
Tony Oursler is something of a pervert. The celebrated video artist isn’t a pornographer in the traditional sense: He doesn’t capture sex but rather bodies, in all their fleshy, squishy glory. Oursler projects his images on inanimate objects (both natural and fabricated) to emphasize the physicality of our bodies. These images are naturally distorted—a face can’t really be projected quite accurately onto a tree, for example—a perversion he uses to comic effect. In his more recent work, he’s forgone the projection and created facial features, so to speak. Focusing on the sculpture, Oursler’s latest video installations incorporate brightly painted, amoeba-shaped aluminum wall hangings, in which he’s built small screens; the videos show the more blobular parts of the body—a blinking eye or a wagging tongue. Oursler discusses his work at 7 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 7th St. & Independence Ave. SW. Free. (202) 633-1000.