The Loverboy Project (2010)

This project is an extension and adaptation of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled (Loverboy)”.

In his stacks of limitless square sheets of pale blue paper, which visitors were encouraged to take away, Gonzalez-Torres developed a practice of public participation, open interpretation, and mobile adaptation of the work of art, and evolved the cool, intellectual stances of minimalism into something infinitely more haunting, passionate, political, and humane.

In describing his practice, he said, “I need public interaction. Without the public these works are nothing. I need the public to complete the work. I ask the public to help me out, to take responsibility, to become part of my work, to join in.”

The Loverboy Project is an attempt to take Gonzalez-Torres up on his offer, “to complete the work” by adapting it and giving it away in the same spirit as his endlessly replaceable paper stacks. Just as the viewer of his physical ...

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This project is an extension and adaptation of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s “Untitled (Loverboy)”.

In his stacks of limitless square sheets of pale blue paper, which visitors were encouraged to take away, Gonzalez-Torres developed a practice of public participation, open interpretation, and mobile adaptation of the work of art, and evolved the cool, intellectual stances of minimalism into something infinitely more haunting, passionate, political, and humane.

In describing his practice, he said, “I need public interaction. Without the public these works are nothing. I need the public to complete the work. I ask the public to help me out, to take responsibility, to become part of my work, to join in.”

The Loverboy Project is an attempt to take Gonzalez-Torres up on his offer, “to complete the work” by adapting it and giving it away in the same spirit as his endlessly replaceable paper stacks. Just as the viewer of his physical work is encouraged to take the physical object away for her personal use, I have taken the form and the idea and the intent of it, to re-imagine and redistribute it in new ways.

To participate in the Loverboy Project, simply watch this video, and, if you feel so moved, link to it, embed it on your site or Facebook page, download it, remix it. Complete it.

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