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© Robert Gober

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Title
Untitled
Artist
Robert Gober
Date
1999
Dimensions
overall 12.5 × 18.75 × 13 inches
Materials
cast plastic, beeswax, hair, pigment, cedar
Location
On view at the Walker Art Center, Gallery 6

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1999.38
Physical Description
A wax torso, half male and half female, contained within a cast plastic milk crate.
Credit Line
T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1999
Object Copyright
© Robert Gober

object label Robert Gober, Untitled (1999) Walker Art Center, 2000

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

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.

Copyright 2000 Walker Art Center