Robert Gober: “Shut Up” “No. You Shut Up” at Matthew Marks Gallery, NYC
Through January 29, 2022
Images courtesy of Mattew Marks Gallery
Taken from Matthew Marks Website: This online version of Robert Gober’s exhibition includes new drawings and sculptures in a variety of materials including wood, resin, acrylic paint, cotton fabric, and running water, all made in the artist’s New York studio over the past five years.
“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.”
“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.”