Thoughts of a Serial Tinkerer

Figuring Color at the ICA Boston

Posted on 21 Feb 2012.

On Valentine’s Day, my beautiful wife Abigail and I went to the opening of the new exhibit, “Figuring Color,” at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. It is a wonderful new exhibit featuring the work of Kathy Butterly, Felix González-Torres, Roy McMakin, and Sue Williams.

It is a wonderful show and I highly recommend visiting it if the opportunity presents itself. (If you can’t make it, or just need a preview, check out the ICA’s slideshow of some of the pieces in the exhibit.)

I particularly enjoyed Kathy Butterly’s whimsical ceramics and Roy McMakin’s “Untitled (Sitting Wingback Chair),” which at first glance appears as a classic plush chair, but upon closer inspection, the back appears to be a plump human rear sitting on the floor.

It was also nice to see Felix González-Torres’ “Untitled (Lover Boys),” in a new setting. The last time I saw this piece was at the Art Institute of Chicago years ago on a high school fieldtrip. González-Torres died in 1996 due to AIDS related complications, which, while it has certainly fallen out of the media in recent years, is still a continuing problem.

A great friend (and co-worker, I am so lucky) of mine, Tim Cosgrove is currently training and fundraising for the AIDS/LifeCycle, a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. He has been an inspiration to me in how he’s really put his whole heart (and body) into training for this ride, so please support him if you can. In addition, if you donate, he will bake you a pie. For real.