Remembering artist Tony Feher today, who died on Friday, June 24, 2016. "His subtle, straightforward work, made with the most throwaway of things—plastic water bottles, berry cartons, jelly jars, or blue painter’s tape—upended Minimalist sobriety and Conceptualist cool with an intelligence that wholly embraced humor and charm."—from Artforum.
Feher's exhibition at the Akron Art Museum in 2014 included the suspension of three 54 in. buoys from the building's cantilevers, taking on an element of the marvelous. Removed from their typical use—floating on the surface of blue water—and dangled instead into the blue depths of the Akron summer sky, they seemed to mark a dream-like boundary. If you crossed that boundary and entered into the museum, you might come into contact with life-changing ideas. You might not look at architecture or the museum, or even Akron the same way again. Even though the buoys are gone, the ideas and ingenuity brought to us by Tony Feher continue to flow out of the museum in waves, and for that and much more, we thank him!