“Me And My Arrow”, a new solo exhibition by Tony Tasset, features an overwhelming grid of sixty-six “Arrow Paintings” alongside “Arrow Sculptures.”
Deceivingly simple in their use of signifiers, the paintings illustrate one arrow up and the other down. Although the arrows are uniform in size they are painted in an endless array of color combinations. They call to mind the art market, rapid swings in popularity, and the sometimes arbitrary nature of assessment. The project’s repetitive nature is an unflinching acknowledgment that after aura, art now operates in points of contact. And yes, the title is an ode to the Harry Nilsson song of the same name.
This new body of work continues Tasset’s interest in wielding a pop sensibility to tap into shared visual knowledge. Tasset has said his goal was to create a universal logo that expressed the contemporary environment of chronic evaluation—a graphic emblem of trending.
“Me And My Arrow” coincides with the Chicago appearance of Tasset’s Artists Monument in Grant Park near Michigan and 9th. The egalitarian monolith is etched with the names of 392,485 artists and memorably debuted at the 2014 Whitney Biennial.