Its closer to “You’ll never be a vegetable, even artichokes have hearts.”
Felix Gonzalez-Torres - Portrait of Ross in L. A. (1991)
175 pounds of multicolored candy as a “portrait” of the artist’s partner Ross Laycock, who died of AIDS that same year.
Ross’s ideal healthy body weight was 175 pounds.
Attendees of the exhibit were instructed to take one piece of candy each. The dwindling pile paralleled Ross’s body languishing from the disease.
Gonzalez-Torres also instructed that the pile be continually replenished so that Ross could be symbolically reborn again and again.
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