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Percent for Art

   Tony Oursler

Splatter Project #1, Video, 2009


Splatter Project #1

Completion Date:







Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts, on 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th floors.


35-12 35th Street, Queens


Polshek Partnership Architects

Sponsor Agency:

Board of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority

Tony Oursler created a series of newly commissioned video installations for Frank Sinatra High School. Oursler developed the content for this art work through a series of conversations with current students who suggested what they thought would be interesting to see in video at their school. He filmed many hours of visual and performing arts activities like dance classes, music recitals, and art exhibitions; as well as every day activities like academic life and foot traffic between classes - many students mentioned being inspired by their commute so Oursler filmed a student's round trip to school. The installations are shaped like splatters of paint and upon closer inspection reveal a video. There is also a surprise installation in a student locker that reveals eyes looking back at the viewer through the peephole.

About the Artist...
Tony Oursler received a BFA from the California Institute for the Arts in 1979.  He has since participated in numerous international exhibitions including a mid-career survey, Introjection, which was on view from 1999 to 2001 at the Williams College Museum of Art in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Des Moines Art Center.  Primarily known for his innovative combination of video, sculpture, and performance, Oursler's work explores the relationship between the individual and mass media systems with humor, irony, and imagination.  The artist's work is represented in a number of major museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Tate Gallery in London.