Since its August installation Tony Tasset’s sculpture Eye (2010) has maintained unblinking surveillance over the Joule Hotel’s perimeter traffic. Plucked from the socket of Surrealism, Dali and Bataille by way of ’50s sci-fi, Eye’s merging of high and low art embodies the artist’s egalitarian approach toward both his monumental public works and smaller-scale gallery pieces. Through his representations of snowmen, smashed jack-o’-lanterns and other familiar objects, Tasset’s sculptures attempt to transform the commonplace into quintessential iconic symbols capable of resonating with the public. The artist will appear at 2 p.m. Sunday in The Joule’s Fortnight Ballroom (1530 Main St.) to discuss the work and his process as part of The Nasher Sculpture Center’s 360 Speaker Series. While Tasset’s art aims to speak to the largest audience possible, seating for this event is limited. RSVP via The Nasher’s website or by emailing 360RSVP@nashersculpturecenter.org.
Sun., Jan. 19, 2014