For over three decades, Tony Tasset‘s work has been a sophisticated and facetious evaluation of Americana, domesticity, and the contemporary art world.
Precisely crafted yet impractical, minimalist works of domestic furniture that walk the line between form and function defined the early years of his career. Works such as Sculpture Bench and Comfortable Abstraction embrace the minimalist aesthetic with a wink and smile.
Tasset studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago. His work progressed towards sculpture as he explored concepts that could communicate to broader publics instead of merely an art elite.
Master of the vernacular, mixed-media artist Tony Tasset sends-up Americana and the American dream in his sardonic, psychedelic sculptures, installations, films, and photographs, which he describes as “Pop Conceptual.” From his base in Chicago he generates works that he sends across the country and abroad. These include a giant Paul Bunyan with uncharacteristically drooping shoulders; trompe l’oeil snowmen and smashed jack-o-lanterns; abstract compositions on panel of colored blotches spilling from various consumer products and fast foods; and a grotesque, cartoonish figure composed of hotdogs.
Citing Norman Rockwell and Walt Disney as influences, Tasset aims to tap into—and twist—iconic American imagery, asking: “Could I take something that’s so banal, so quoted, that everybody has kind of made, and could I treat it like a Giacometti? Could I give it that pathos and existential angst?”
Tasset’s focus is in pinpointing objects that are widely recognizable, easily construed by anyone. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois and is represented by Kavi Gupta of Chicago and Berlin.