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Robert Gober, Untitled (1999)


Walker Art Center



Institution Walker Art Center
As is the case with all of Robert Gober's sculptures, this work was meticulously created by hand down to the last details, including the latticework of the plastic milk crate and the individual placement of real human hairs on the wax torso. Untitled began with the reconstruction of a found object: a broken milk crate. The artist cast this common, mass-produced object by hand, and later inserted the half-male, half-female torso into the receptacle. Similar torsos have appeared independently in Gober's work, and he has also made another version of this piece with a male torso.

In his working process, the artist creates a number of similar yet unique works based on common objects such as sinks, newspapers, doorways, or culvert pipes. The human body has been a site of ongoing investigation for Gober and often appears in his work in various formal mutations.

Walker solo exhibition: Robert Gober: Sculpture + Drawing, 1999

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Source: Label text for Robert Gober, Untitled (1999), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.
Rights: Copyright 2000 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009