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.”
FIELD NOTE: This manhole cover has a City of Las Vegas seal. It's not like the “personnel hatch covers” created under public art programming, yet this design, located on Fremont Street near Container Park, still is fun find for anyone about walking for urban randomness. The seal stays dignified despite the “sanitary sewer” title. ANOTHER IDEA: While referring to the town’s main industry is too easy for a public art project, I’d like to see what local artists would come up with if there was a call for manhole covers designed to look like gaming chips. OTHER CITIES AND SITES: Japanese manhole covers are stunning . . . Drainspotting goes underground . . . Seattle's Hatchcover Art and Daily Writing is obsessed . . . Pinterest Collection is global . . . .In middle of this post is a LA manhole cover as public art . . . One from New York New York Casino.
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