Robert Gober

Robert Gober

Robert Gober was born on September 12, 1954, in Wallingford, Connecticut. After taking art classes in high school, he attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where he studied literature and fine arts from 1972 to 1976.  He also studied at the Rome campus of the Tyler School of Art, part of the Temple University. Gober then finally made a home in New York in 1976 .  His first pieces were a manifesto like individual appearances rather than a continuous narrative. His narrative began in the Late 1970’s. His first series were photographs of interiors and doll house constructions. Also for three years Gober explored the sink. In his works some of the sinks were missing faucets, and over time the sinks slowly started to make other deformations. In Gobers eyes the sinks became not objects but subjects.

In the late 1980’s Gober produced mulit-part instillations and sculptures for both interior and exterior spaces. In this period Gober also experimented with the body, with sculptures of legs and torsos.  These works set the stage for Gober’s wired thoughts of body parts a beeswax cast of the Gobers right leg below the knee, shod, sporting a sock and trousers, with its exposed skin covered in human hair, called Untitled (1990). The leg lies on the floor and comes out from the wall. Most of Gobers works are said to be angry and have a lot of turmoil behind them. This motif continues though the 1990s into the 2000s.

In 2001 Gober produced sketches on September 12, 2001 on the sheets of The New York Times news paper from the previous day (9-11-01) of naked sketches of a couple being intimate. Gober now added a political aspect to his art.  Gober also participated in other September 11th works.  All in all I feel Robert Gober was a every eccentric artist and engaged the human mind to think about sexuality power religion and maybe some childhood experiences.  


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