(American, b. 1954)
Wax, wood, leather shoe, cotton fabric, human hair
Overall: 29.6 x 16 x 51.2 cm (11 5/8 x 6 5/16 x 20 3/16 in.)
Dorothea Wright Hamilton Fund 2003.226
© Robert Gober, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery
Gober expertly applied individual human hairs to the sculptural rendering of the leg in this work.
At once disturbing and intriguing, Untitled is an immaculately crafted wax leg that appears to be sticking out of the gallery wall. One can note the expertly applied individual human hairs and beat-up leather brogues the artist wore for weeks to humanize the sculpture. Gober is among the generation of artists that emerged during the 1980s to confront divisive political issues that centered upon the human body, including the AIDS crisis, gay rights, women’s rights, and censorship. A fragment of a person, Untitled is a mournful reminder of the lives that have been deeply affected by such traumas.
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