Tony Tasset “Artists Monument” via UNLV.
ART TALK: The next UNLV Department of Art Fall Lecture series guest is Tony Tasset, so expect public art to come up, like a multicolored container engraved with the names of artists or single eyeballs that stare back at you. Have some notes:
CONTAINER PARKED: The names of 392,485 artists engraved a shipping container 80 feet long and eight feet high made up “Artists Monument,” Tasset’s large-scale public sculpture for the 2014 Whitney Biennial . . . VIA THE STANDARD: “We were looking for an easy design that could hold so many names. I liked the containers because they emphasize the mobility and globalism of the current art world. It puts so many artist into a standardized, movable unit of data,” said Tasset in March.
WHY AN EYE?: “I'm really trying to make art that speaks to the biggest audience possible,” Tasset told Interview Magazine. “First of all I wanted to not decorate the space, but really activate the space. So, you put in a 30-foot eyeball and it turns the downtown into this surreal, funky set, and it makes you, the viewer, a participant in this weird stage set . . . MORE EYE: Tasset wasn’t trying to say anything with "Eye" . . . “I’m trying to create an experience for the viewer” he told BlouinArtinfo. “The scale, symbolic psychology and visceral quality of the eye activate a space. It’s weird, funny, a little gross and just subversive enough, high and low, both Magritte and Ed Hardy.”
FREE TO SEE: The free talk is Thursday, October, 2, at 7 p.m., at the Marjorie Barrick Museum Auditorium on the main campus of UNLV. OFFICIAL UNLV PITCH: The UNLV Visiting Artists Lecture Series “primary mission of the Visiting Artists Lecture Series is to educate, inspire and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through visual presentations and discourse.”
ABOVE: Detail of new mural by D*Face at the Plaza Hotel.