Tony Tasset (American, born 1960)
fiberglass, resin, oil paint, steel
452 inches circumference
Laumeier Sculpture Park Commission with funds from the
Mark Twain Laumeier Endowment Fund
Through this gigantic, blue eyeball Tasset creates tension as the sculpture stares, larger than life, across the landscape and back at the viewer. Modeled after Tasset’s own eye, the never- blinking, constantly conscious piece watches over Laumeier day and night. The human eye is simultaneously unique, individual and emblematic. By focusing on a key part of the body, Tasset speaks to a commonality among us. It addresses how we engage and perceive each other while concurrently asserting a prophetic, perhaps even omniscient, presence.
Tony Tasset was born in Cincinnati in 1960. He received his B.F.A. at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1983 and his M.F.A. at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1985. Tasset works with video, photography, bronze, wax, fiberglass, film and even taxidermy. His work, employing wisdom and wit, continuously contends with the trappings of modernism, postmodern theory, pop culture and the universal human emotions associated with love, loss, frailty and beauty. Tasset's work is in the permanent collections of prestigious museums across the U.S., including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum Fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and the San Francisco Museum of Art. In addition, Tasset has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world including Canada, Ecuador, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. Tasset was the subject of a one-person show at Laumeier in 2007, Tony Tasset: All Things Must Pass.