Tony Feher

(Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1956 - 2016, New York, New York)


Glass bottles with aluminum screw caps, water, and food dye on painted wood shelf with metal brackets

12 3/4 x 144 x 3 1/2 in. (32.39 x 365.76 x 8.89 cm)

The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture


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In laying out, stacking or adding colored water to common objects, Tony Feher encourages viewers to appreciate their formal qualities and to look at the world anew. Along with marbles, metal lids, washers, wing nuts, glass shards and polystyrene blocks, Feher has frequently used glass bottles filled with colored liquids in his compositions. He observes that capped vessels function as independent ecosystems and that bottles have historically served as a “metaphor for the body.” 'Untitled' reflects the artist’s continuing interest in adding dyes to water, a medium he appreciates for its translucency and clarity. Feher describes the subtle changes in color across 'Untitled' as analogous to the changing gradations of blue in the sky and ocean. He comments on how the “pulsating blue” suggests a wave, which, he notes, is “how energy moves.”

Found objects