Damien Hirst and Felix Gonzalez-Torres present a sweet treat of art at the Blain|Southern: For the very first time the public is able to see the full collection of ‘Visual Candy’, a series of paintings by Damien Hirst. Alongside viewers will be able to gaze their eyes upon Gonzalez-Torres candy spill work, which serves as the exhibitions counterpoint – adding some ‘extra flavour’.
This is not your everyday exhibition: The ‘don’t touch’ restriction is passé – visitors are allowed to actively engage with Gonzalez-Torres’ work and can decide whether they want to touch and consume the sweets or simply take some of the piece of art home. The gallery staff makes sure that the candy is replenished – creating a vibrant ebb and flow during the exhibition itself. His work is meant to change shape and position at all times, creating a different sensation for every visitor.
‘Art is about life – there isn’t anything else.’
Back to Hirst: Damien’s ‘Visual Candy’ paintings were created between 1993 and 1995 and work as a personal message to a certain art critic, who mocked Damian’s art to be ‘just visual candy’. The combination is an artistic delight for any sweet tooth and art lovers.
The exhibition can be seen at the Blain|Southern – 4 Hanover Square, London W1S 1BP – from today till the 30 November.