Robert Gober

Robert Gober was born in 1954 in Wallingford, United States. He trained at the Tyler School of Art in Rome and Middlebury College in Vermont. Gober gathers everyday found objects from the domestic sphere, and creates hybrid compositions that comment on the disturbing potential and implications of these objects. In his creative process, Robert Grober is guided by a visual logic rather than any specific theory. In his practice, he focuses on the body, which he literaly tears apart and presents in fragments. Legs grow from the walls, and skin and hair sprout from industrial materials. In addition to the body, other recurring elements are chairs, washbasins and doors: Gober uses them to build large-scale environments that often include running water and very precise lighting. Based on familiar or childhood memories, his sculptures lead – more or less explicitly – towards a reflection on sexuality, religion, nature and human relationships.

The work of Robert Gober has been presented in the exhibitions 'Sequence 1' (2007) at Palazzo Grassi, 'Mapping the Studio' (2009-2011) and 'Dancing with Myself' (2018) at Punta della Dogana.