Robert Gober is an American sculptor known for his uncanny sculptures and large-scale installations that include handmade everyday objects based on childhood memories, interpretations of the body and Gober’s daily life at home or in the studio. Reoccurring objects in his work include sinks and other plumbing fixtures made from plaster and painted with enamel, woven baskets, playpens, beds and doors carved from wood, among others, all crafted with an extreme attention to detail. In more surreal images Gober displays body parts made from wax protruding from gallery walls and occupies rooms with multimedia installations that include running water, iconic figures such as a cement Madonna sculpture in an untitled work from 1997 that was juxtaposed with water cascading down a wooden staircase, screen-printed wallpaper and evocative assemblages of domestic objects.
Gober had his first solo exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York in 1984 and has received acclaim for his work across the United States and Europe. In 2001 he participated in the Venice Biennale and has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel. He is currently represented by Matthew Marks Gallery in New York where he both lives and works.