Untitled (for Merce Cunningham)
This photographic print is a characteristic example of the artist's ironic use of materials and selective exaggeration. The composition depicts dappled sunlight on a crumpled plastic bag that becomes an exquisite portrait of light and shadow. The bed of straw that cradles the bag resembles a bird’s nest, transforming a discarded piece of litter into something fragile, delicate and purposeful.
Gober draws from his personal experience to handcraft sculptures and other artworks that explore sexuality, religion and politics. The artist frequently works with commonplace objects that can take on multiple meanings—while simultaneously evoking universal feelings of loss and longing.
Robert Gober’s handcrafted sculptures explore sexuality, religion, and politics. The artist draws from his personal experience to create works of intimacy that evoke universal loss and longing. Gober’s practice is rooted in the physical, with commonplace objects taking on multiple meanings—while seemingly simple objects are in fact meticulously assembled.
Robert Gober was born in Wallingford, Connecticut in 1954. The artist studied at the Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy in 1974, and received a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1976.
Solo exhibitions of Gober’s work have taken place at: MoMA in New York City; the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami in Florida; Fondazione Prada in Milan, Italy; Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland; the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver in Colorado; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California; and Matthew Marks Gallery; among others.
Group exhibitions that have shown Gober’s work have taken place at: the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; among others.
Gober currently lives and works in New York City.
This photographic print depicts dappled sunlight on a crumpled plastic bag that becomes an exquisite portrait of light and shadow. The bed of straw that cradles the bag resembles a bird’s nest, transforming a discarded piece of litter into something fragile, delicate and purposeful.More
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