Robert Gober

ROBERT GOBER
"Shut up."
"No. You shut up."

ROBERT GOBER
"Shut up."
"No. You shut up."

Robert Gober

Waterfall 2015–2016
Wool, cotton, wood, paint on epoxy putty and resin, recycling pumps, lights, water

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Robert Gober

Untitled c. 1910/1976?/2021
Robert Gober and Robert Henry Logan
Graphite on paper, oil on board

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Robert Gober

Untitled 2020
Graphite on found drawing

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Robert Gober

Untitled 2020
Wood, glass, epoxy putty, fiberglass, oil and acrylic paint, archival paper, archival tape, silver leaf, aluminum

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Robert Gober

Untitled 2019–2021
Wood, twigs, oil and acrylic paint, cotton, fiberglass, epoxy putty, epoxy resin, glass, archival paper, archival tape

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Whenever I give a talk about my work I am invariably asked who my influences are. Not what my influences are, but who. As if the gutter, misunderstandings, memories, sex, dreams, and books matter less than the forebears do. After all, in terms of influences, it is as much the guy who mugged me on 10th Street, or my beloved dog who passed away much too early, as it was Giotto or Diane Arbus.

—Robert Gober

Robert Gober

Untitled 2020–2021
Cast gypsum polymer, epoxy putty, epoxy resin, wood, glass, oil and acrylic paint, archival paper, archival tape

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Robert Gober

Untitled 2018–2021
Wood, epoxy putty, glass, acrylic paint, cotton, fiberglass, epoxy resin, archival paper, archival tape, boar’s hair, plaster, pastel, pewter

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Robert Gober

Untitled 2021
Graphite, colored pencil, pastel on found drawing

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Robert Gober

Untitled 2020
Graphite and colored pencil on found drawing

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Robert Gober

Untitled 2021
Graphite, colored pencil, pastel on found drawing

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Robert Gober

Untitled 2020
Graphite and colored pencil on found drawing

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Robert Gober

Help me 2018–2021
Pewter, glass, synthetic plastic polymer, epoxy putty, acrylic paint, wood, cotton, epoxy resin

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I wanted to spend a long time making something beautiful. […] The pattern of the fabric came from a book of embroidery designs. They were line drawings. I traced them, adjusted the scale, and painted them in color with fabric paint on a length of linen that I dyed with diluted coffee on my stove at home.

—Robert Gober

Robert Gober

Help me 2020–2021
Wood, cotton, fiberglass, epoxy putty, epoxy resin, acrylic paint, glass, synthetic plastic polymer

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Robert Gober

Untitled 2020
Graphite on found drawing

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Robert Gober

Last One 2021
Graphite, colored pencil, pastel, collaged paper on found drawing

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Robert Gober

Why didn’t I? 2020–2021
Copper, wood, soil and crushed walnut shells, epoxy putty, pastel, glass, acrylic and enamel paint, acetate, archival paper, archival tape

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I always try to get people to focus less, or at least not first, on finding ‘meaning’ or a ‘theme’ in the work, but to focus on what it is exactly, what is it physically made of and how it is made. A lot of times metaphors are almost embedded in the medium.

—Robert Gober

Robert Gober

Why didn’t I? 2020–2021
Copper, wood, soil and crushed walnut shells, epoxy putty, oil and acrylic paint, pastel, glass, enamel paint, acetate, archival paper, archival tape

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