Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I wasdefeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art.” -Felix Gonzalez-Torres
|“Untitled” (Portrait of Andrea Rosen) (1992)|
|“Untitled” (Public Opinion) (1991)|
Once you walk into the gallery, you are welcomed with a strategically placed carpet of licorice. I guess it would depend on the person’s taste and memory of licorice on whether this is a welcome sight or an unwelcome one.
|“Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) (1991)|
Walk a little past the magic licorice carpet ride and you find yourself staring at a pile of candy in the corner of a small room. I love this artwork because it is titled “Portrait of Ross in LA.” And although it is not your typical portrait, there’s something special about it. It reminds me of how unlimited art is. The pile of individually wrapped candy weighs approximately close to Félix González-Torres’ lover Ross. Guests are encouraged to take a piece of candy, diminishing the pile until it is replenished once again, representing the cycle of life and death.
|“Untitled” (Golden) (1995)|
|“Untitled” (Perfect Lovers) (1990)|