Artist Sonia Rentsch created this striking series of sculptures for January Biannual (photographed by Albert Comper and art direction by Olivia Nichols), using natural materials like leaves, sticks and seed pods to mimic the form of guns and other weapons. Entitled “Harm Less,” the images stir thoughts of beauty and violence within man and nature.
City dwellers are bombarded each day with the demands of advertisers, government, media and other groups that dominate communication, and their own voices can be lost in the din. Signs, images and symbols confront us on every possible surface with messages that tell us what to do and how to think. YOUR TEXT HERE, an installation by artist Marcos Zotes, flips that dynamic, displaying the words of citizens in bold type on the sides of buildings.
Félix González-Torres, “Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.)”, 1991
The artist created a series of conceptual portraits of his lover, Ross Laycock. Ross contracted AIDS in the 1980’s and died years later from AIDS-related illness. This is my favorite; a reflection on both the wonderful personality and slow death of his partner.
In practice, this takes the form of a 175-pound pile of individually wrapped pieces of candy. When Ross was diagnosed with HIV, his doctor placed his ideal weight at 175 pounds, so this pile of candy is meant to symbolize his sweet personality and his weight. Visitors to the gallery/museum are invited to each take and eat a piece of candy from the pile, taking a piece of Ross with them. The candy pile therefore slowly dwindles, reflecting Ross’ weight loss and eventual death.
However, González-Torres has also said that each pile should ideally be continually replenished, creating symbolic immortality for his beloved partner.