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Felix Gonzalez

  • Date Submitted: 04/22/2012 05:56 PM
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Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Felix Gonzalez-Torres (November 26, 1957-January 9, 1996) was an American-Cuban-born visual artist. Gonzalez-Torres grew up in Cuba, and lived in Puerto Rico before moving to New York City in 1979. His work was the focus of several major museum solo exhibitions in his lifetime and after his death."Gonzalez-Torres died in 1996 due to AIDS related complications. In May 2002, the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation was created. His work continues to be exhibited internationally at galleries and museums such as Wiels in Brussels.
Felix was known for modern sculptures. He was very minimal when it came to his sculptures. He used string of light bulbs, stacks of paper, and wrapped hard candies. He often let the viewers grab a piece of paper from the piles or a piece of the hard candies. They say his sculptures represented the form dying. However, many have seen the works also representing the continuation of life of regeneration. For example replacing the light bulbs or replenishing the piles of paper. I find his work very deep. I mean you look at his painting and you have to sit there and think. The whole concept won’t come to you right way. I got to say it took me about twenty minutes to finally find what he was trying to say. I like his work because he actually made you think.
Well Felix didn’t use much of the 5 elements of art but I do see how he iused some of them. For example in some of his works he used a lot of space. For example in his sculpture with the piles of paper he used the space of the papers that were left as a metaphor. Also he used a lot of shape for example on how he put the candies in place in a square. Also he put the string of light bulbs in a certain line.


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