Tony Oursler b. 1957
EVOL (1984)
1984, 29 min.

"In this black comedy of disillusioned romance, love, sex and loneliness, which features Mike Kelley, Oursler entangles the viewer in the delirious dreamstate of a young man. In an expressionistic theater of wildly constructed props and dramatically painted sets, where humans interact with dolls and clay figures, Oursler holds a mirror to love's inversions, diversions and perversions. In this fantastical critique of cultural myths of sexuality, Oursler strews the text with outrageous sexual metaphors and symbols. EVOL is a psychodrama of compulsion, romance and tragedy, describing what Oursler terms "a charming narrative which becomes self-sustaining, a deadly black hole that attracts and mirrors our deepest fears."

With: Mike Kelley. Sound: Scott Ryser, Mark Daniels. Music: Tony Oursler, Rachel Weber, Scott Ryser. Camera: Jack Walworth, Tony Oursler. Produced by Tony Oursler and the Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund -- EAI

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