ELEVATING THE ORDINARY
Con-cep-u-al art: Art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns.
I had to look beyond the candy itself and rely on the artist to guide me to his creative intent. That's when I learned Ross was Felix's life partner who died of AIDS. When Ross was diagnosed with AIDS his doctor told him that his healthy weight should be 155 lbs. The candy pile weighs exactly 155 lbs. There's a sign by the candy encouraging visitors to take a piece and enjoy it. Its symbolism is how Ross' weight slowly diminished until his death. It makes the candy very bittersweet. It also makes the art very powerful.
IN HONOR OF THE ROYAL NEWS
Walker Evans, photographer
Represented by Lee Gallery, Winchester, MA