Interview with the artist by Tim Rollins. Text by Susan Cahan. Short story by Jan Avgikos
"I wanted to make a show that would disappear completely. It had a lot to do with disappearance and learning. It was also about trying to be a threat to the art-marketing system, and also, to be really honest, it was about being generous to a certain extent. [..] Freud said that we rehearse our fears in order to lessen them. In a way this ‘‘letting go’’ of the work—this refusal to make a static form, a monolithic sculpture, in favor of a disappearing, changing, unstable, and fragile form—was an attempt on my part to rehearse my fears of having Ross disappear day by day right in front of my eyes.’’ —Felix Gonzales-Torres
Felix Gonzales-Torres is best known for installations and public artworks that invite the viewer’s direct participation. In this interview with Tim Rollins, Gonzales-Torres talks about his commitment to social change and his understanding of his role as an artist in effecting that change.