going and coming

February 1, 2009


two works, untitled (portrait of ross in LA), 1991, and untitled (veterans day sale), 1989, by artist felix gonzalez-torres (1957-1996) that reference the fleeting nature of our physical bodies, the space we take up, and what is left behind when, slowly, little-by-little, we fade away.

his work can be read in relation to the AIDS epidemic, and how that disease acts on the body individually, in the case of one man or woman who contracts the disease, and collectively, how the disease effects communities, families, and friends.


both works, the candy pile and the stack of paper, are slowly whittled down over the course of the exhibit by visitors to the galleries (going).  afterwards, the pieces are replenished and the work begins again (coming).


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