“Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), 1991 by Felix Gonzalez-Torres consists of a spilled pile of candy with an ideal weight of 175 pounds (79 kg).
It is an allegorical portrait of the artist's partner, Ross Laycock, who died of AIDS in 1991, The 175 pounds of candy allude to Laycock's ideal body weight. Visitors are invited to take a piece of candy; the diminishing pile parallels Laycock's weight loss prior to his death. The museum can choose to replenish the pile, metaphorically ensuring Laycock perpetual life, or to let the pile disappear over time.
"Untitled" (Perfect Lovers), 1991 consists of two touching wall clocks. They start in synchronization but fall out of time slowly and eventually. In a 1988 letter to Laycock, Gonzalez-Torres wrote:
Don’t be afraid of the clocks, they are our time, the time has been so generous to us. We imprinted time with the sweet taste of victory. We conquered fate by meeting at a certain TIME in a certain space. We are a product of the time, therefore we give back credit where it is due: time. We are synchronized, now forever. I love you.