ABOUT THE WORKIn 1992, Felix Gonzalez-Torres made an endless edition in the form of a tattoo. Created prior to his one-person museum exhibition at Renaissance Society, this work’s connection to the body resonates with the intimacy and meditations on the ephemerality, and magic, of human life that runs throughout the artist’s practice. The work consists of a ring of dolphins, which a purchaser can have tattooed anywhere on their body, one time. (You may also gift the tattoo).While exact significance of the dolphin symbol isn’t specified, in keeping with Gonzalez-Torres’s tendency to resist any single interpretation, the continuous circle contains echoes of the ouroboros, an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail to represent the concept of eternity and endless return. Once the work is realized, its physical existence is linked to the individual owner’s lifespan–yet the ‘unlimited’ edition size suggests a certain kind of renewed existence. A democratic ethos, and the poetic possibilities of considering the human body as a site for personal memory and politics, underscore Gonzalez-Torres’s unwavering affirmation of art as a medium for transformation, even if barely perceptible. As curator Hamza Walker wrote on the occasion of the 1994 exhibition at the Renaissance Society, the artist’s work is, “[...] whether through a reflection on death or through joy wrought from the simplest thing, […] ultimately an affirmation of life.”
Size varies with individual
Proceeds from this historic edition will benefit both the
Renaissance Society and the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation. Note: price does not include the cost of tattooing.
(b. 1957; Guáimaro, Cuba) was an American artist known throughout his career for involvement in social and political causes that fueled his interest in the overlap of private and public life. From 1987 to 1991, he was part of Group Material, a New York-based art collective whose members worked collaboratively to initiate community education and cultural activism.The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation
was established in 2002 by the Estate of Felix Gonzalez-Torres. The Foundation maintains, builds, and facilitates knowledge and understanding around the work of Gonzalez-Torres, with a commitment to foster expansive thinking, and to uphold Gonzalez-Torres’s intention to maintain space for diverse and changing points of view and questioning around the work.