Robert Gober, American (1954 - )
Robert Gober's meticulous sculptures explore sexuality, relationships, nature, politics, and religion. His work is often based on memories from his childhood or on familiar subject matter from around his home or studio. Sinks, doors, cribs, chairs, and body parts recur in his oeuvre. Among Gober's best-known works are large room-sized installations, sometimes incorporating running water and theatrical lighting. His work is made by hand in his studio with painstaking attention to detail.
Gober (born 1954) represented the United States at the 2001 Venice Biennale and has had one-person exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Serpentine Gallery, London. In 2007 his work was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Schaulager, Basel. He lives and works in New York
Gober was born in Wallingford, Connecticut and studied at Middlebury College, Vermont and the Tyler School of Art in Rome. He lives and works in New York City and is represented by the Matthew Marks Gallery. He is best known for his sculptures, but also has made photographs, prints, and drawings and has curated exhibitions. Most recently, in the Whitney Biennial 2012, he curated a room of Forrest Bess's paintings and archival materials dealing with the artist's exploration into hermaphrodism. He also curated “Heat Waves in a Swamp: The Paintings of Charles Burchfield” at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles in 2009 (which traveled to the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 2010). He has had exhibitions of his work in Europe, North America and Japan. One of his most well known series of works of sculptures of sinks.