Monday, December 8, 2014

Canvas- Robert Gober: The Heart is Not a Metaphor

Hello Boylan readers!!

I'm pretty sad this is one of the last blogs of the semester. It's been such a pleasure being able to write for the Boylan blog and be involved here at the English department. Now that the fall semester is winding down, most of us are scrambling to get last minute work and studying done before the holidays. Keep your lovely little heads up!
We're getting there; and all of the coffee fueled, manic nights with no sleep will pay off (Eventually, that is).

This week in the Canvas I'd like to focus on an exhibition I recently attended at the MoMa. The Museum of Modern Art on West 53rd Street in Manhattan is currently exhibiting an amazing exhibit on the artist and sculptor Robert Gober. The sweeping showcase occupies most of the second floor of the MoMa, and brings visitors into a surrealist labyrinth in which they experience the potency of Gober's work.

Robert Gober is an American artist, born in 1954 in Connecticut. Gober studied literature and later fine arts.
He experiments in everyday objects and household items and utilities. Whether he's mimicking a Dadaist sink, or constructing a fireplace with wax modeled legs in place of firewood- Gober pushes artistic boundaries with his art. Highly interested in politics, sexuality, and humanity- Gober reveals hidden truths and paradoxes in each unique piece.

Gober will create small, single item sculptures and will also form large, almost room like pieces that envelope the museum visitor. These specific rooms were perhaps the most poignant during my visit. The very wallpaper print has immense meaning- and speaks volumes to the era in which he was working.







These photos are all credit to the Museum of Modern Art's Website, the link can be found below::

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1495#media_player/33/14


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