April 1999
Robert Gober, The Subconscious Sink

  Robert Gober
American, born 1954
The Subconscious Sink  1985

plaster, wood, steel, wire, lath, paint
Collection Walker Art Center
Clinton and Della Walker Acquistion Fund and Jerome Foundation Purchase Fund for Emerging Artists, 1985

In all of his carefully made sink sculptures, Robert Gober changes the object just enough so that something is out of order. The Subconscious Sink looks like a standard sink, but it doesn't work the way you would expect. Two sets of holes replace the faucet fixtures and there is no drain in the basin for water to seep through. The artist said, "Looking back now at why I built sculptures of sinks, I can remember sinks that I knew as a child, a recurring dream of a roomful of sinks with water flowing through them."

© 1999 Walker Art Center

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