PLATEAU: Felix Gonzalez- Torres, Double (First solo museum exhibition in Asia)

9 Jul

Felix Gonzalez-Torres was born in 1957 in Cuba and migrated to new York. He worked in art field and at the age of 38, he died because of AIDS. He denied fixed notion and monumental of art. Also, he argued that the art changed and made by audiences’ participation has a real eternity. His works such as light bulbs, texts, candies, clocks, billboards, piles of sheets are about ‘Love and Death.

“Untitled” (North),1993,Light bulbs, porcelain sockets and extension cords

In the entrance of the plateau, there is “untitled”(North). Warm light of bulb means ‘Free’. This artwork can be easily changed.

“Untitled” (Beginning),1994 ,Strands of beads and hanging device

This is displayed at the entrance gate. The subtitle of this is ‘Beginning’. To go in to the room, audiences should touch it. It means that he wanted to say about ‘fear of contact as an person of AIDS’. As I touched it to see his exhibition, I think I could feel his mind and see from his angle.

There are also two works. One is the stack of green candies and another is the stack of silver candies. People can get the candies and when the candies are gone, then curator in the museum or gallery fills up the candies. On this point, I could think about where is art. I think art sometimes can be at the curator who can change, edit and involve in works. In addition, he respect audiences’ views and though as he allow the people’s participations and open his works to them. So, I think this also one of his attractions.

“Untitled”(Aparición),print on paper,endless copies,1991,private collection
“Untitled”,paint on wall,1989,Sammlung Hoffmann,Berlin

In this room, there are walls which are printed as flying one bird and two piles of paper. I think that freely flying bird is himself who wanted to be rid of aids and live forever with his lover, Ross Laycock. I saw his desire and aspiration. In addition, people can get some papers of piles. First one is printed sky and second one is printed one part of Oscar Wilde’s literatures.

Around the work entitled ’Go-Go Dancing Platform’, there are pictures hung on the walls. While the platform looks like bright, brilliant and light, the pictures are dark, still and sole. They are images of the words: politician, scholar, scientist and so on which are at the museum’s outer walls.

These words are contrast to Gonzalez-Torres, because he was a Cuban not a white and homosexual. But as dancer dances on the top of the platform, he can broke his complex and upgrade his existence and identity.

“Untitled”,(Go-Go Dancing Platform),wood,light bulbs,acrylic paint and Go-Go dancer in silver lamé bathing suit,sneakers and personal listening device,1991 Kunstmuseum St.Gallen on permanent loan from a private collection

“Untitled”(Natural History),Framed black and white,photographs,1990,Private Collection,New York

“Untitled”, 1989,Paint on wall

On the of the walls, words looked like important historical cases and dates are written. But in fact, the words are too private things. Also, the date and the name about place of his exhibition in Korea are written by curator. The reason why it is possible is when he was alive, he made a list of portfolio about how his art works are displayed in galleries and museum. His art is not still but changed and broadened. if I saw one exhibition, I usually don’t go to the same artist’s exhibition in later. But in case of Gonzalez-Torres art exhibition, I want to go to the exhibition again, because I feel curious and expect ‘how his works are changed now?’

“Untitled” (Perfect Lovers)
Wall clocks
35.6 x 71.2 x 7 cm overall
Two parts: 35.6 cm diameter each Edition 1 of 3 , 1 AP
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Gift of the Norton Family Foundation

The entitled of this work is ‘perfect lovers’. This piece is the most impressing to me. Two circles symbolize homosexual. I think that two clocks mean his lover, laycock and himself. Like the word ’perfect’, it seems to be perfect: same clock, same color, time and style of number texts. However, actually it is not perfect. The left clock is little faster than right one. I think this means that left clock means his lover, because laycock died earlier than Gonzalez-Torres. The right clock means Gonzalez-Torres. It looks like Gonzalez-Torres is following his lover. But, they cannot meet together. It is perfect and also imperfect. I think that this piece is beautiful and at the same time very sad.


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