About the Exhibition
In October of 2018, Public Art Fund proposes to present a dynamic new commission by Tony Oursler over two weeks at Riverside Park South, a four-mile long waterfront park overlooking the Hudson River on New York City’s Upper West Side. Public Art Fund has commissioned Oursler to develop a new, multi-part video and performance work that will bring together iconography and imagery associated with the history of the Hudson River to be projected directly onto the river and surrounding elements of the natural and built landscape, transforming the water’s surface into a dynamic projection screen, as well as activating other portions of the park with dramatic interventions. For example, he will project onto a landmarked transfer bridge gantry that formerly facilitated the movement of freight from railyards to river barges—a salient reminder of the river’s industrial past—as well as trees and the underside of the Hudson Highway. Oursler’s projections will form a loose storyline related to the river and tracing its cultural, technological, and ecological histories. Oursler will take these big ideas and focus them down to iconic images that will be woven together to form the non-linear narrative. The videos will be enriched by an eerie soundscape, and other interventions that will guide visitors between the different aspects of the exhibition. Notably, this is the first time Oursler has created projections for a moving body of water. The hour-long videos will be projected on a loop during the evening for the duration of the exhibition, creating an ambient, exploratory experience. Viewers will be encouraged to explore Riverside Park South to engage with different aspects of the work, giving audiences a new creative relationship to this storied body of water, while providing the artist with an entirely new “canvas” for his innovative and groundbreaking work.