Artist: Felix Gonzales-Torres
Title of the work: “Untitled” (last light) 1993
Media: Plastic lights
I see 24 plastic lights on a white chord, hanging vertically from the ceiling in a corner, and the 16th light bulb from the top of the strand is not lit. It reminds me of the icicle lights I have hanging up in my bedroom and how some of them do not light up, but I wish they all worked properly. It also reminds me of winter, which is my least favorite time of year. Since it reminds me of winter, it makes me feel cold and uncomfortable. I feel ill at ease looking at it. Mostly, the raises the question, “WHY IS THIS CONSIDERED ART?!” And I wonder if the artist actually made this string of lights, or if he simply designed it. I also would like to know if there is a meaningful purpose behind the creation of this string of lights.