Please Touch the Art

Please Touch the Art

 

Felix Gonzalez-Torres candy spill

Some days there's no extra time. Life is busy, work is busier, and there you are in the middle of it all. Every breath feels hard to take, and seeking to achieve a full inhale and failing to do so appears to be the norm. Coffee pulsing through the veins of the dehydrated... This was last week. At some point there comes a moment when you have to decide, some things are better left Unfinished.

Robert Rauschenberg, “White Painting”

But what is unfinished? It has a variety of connotations. Sometimes unfinished looks incomplete and other times the average eye cannot distinguish the details that didn’t make it. These decisions, these moments, and this question is being showcased at the Met Breuer in Manhattan. Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible contains a variety of incomplete work. Some pieces were not completed due to untimely deaths, others chose to be that way, and some pieces act unfinished until the viewer completes them.

The latter art type is my favorite. It allows the participant direct dialog with the piece, the concept, and the artist. Candy piled up in a corner is cool and pretty, but the form it takes once hundreds of hands have removed pieces of the sweet treats is even more beautiful. Four white squares are considered minimal. The piece's brush strokes act as the "art" until your shadow hits. You then become the art in that moment.

The question of whether or not something is "finished", the theory behind it and the drama and anxiety often accompanying it can be therapeutically released while stepping through this exhibit.

You are not alone, artist.

 
Guerilla Gardening

Guerilla Gardening

red . yellow . blue

red . yellow . blue