On Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) (1991)

“This is a portrait of a lover and that of a loss. The dissolution of the lost other, following entropy, takes place in their dispersal throughout other bodies, places, organisms. In this way, the work is also a portrait of death itself, and maybe, from an ecological perspective, it is a portrait of the promise of renewal, too. When a body dies, it goes everywhere. Eventually, it is eaten by a plant. Light and death become sugar: mushrooms and trees make forests out of mourning.”


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