Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

In the works of Felix Gonzalez-Torres the simplest gesture can be powerful and scathingly perceptive. His art is filled with such apparent contradictions: it is both public and private; politically engaged and profoundly beautiful; and concerned with impermanence and mortality yet life-affirming and regenerative. Although his mature career lasted only eight years, from 1988 until his death in 1996, Gonzalez-Torres was an ardent and insightful participant in the ongoing conversations that define contemporary culture. He is considered within his time to be a process artist due to the nature of his 'removable' installations by which the process is a key feature to the installation. I think that his work is amazing. I love how he takes something as simple as candy to make a statement and how personal it is to him and to what is going on in the world at the time. I think that the part I found most interesting was his candy installations. The fact that each of them are a certain pound to represent something as significant as his partners weight when he was healthy. Then over time the viewer takes away the weight, just as the disease took his partners weight. His work is just incredibly beautiful. It has so much symbolism that that touches so many people. Every time I look at one of his pieces I just see this love story. It's private and significant to him but at the same time it's universal. His work also touches on what I am doing for my Senior project. He is dealing with time. Not just passing time but time frozen. 

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