Robert Gober

Prison Window

1992

Medium
Plywood, forged iron, plaster, latex paint, and electric light bulbs
Dimensions
Opening 24 x 24" (61 x 61 cm)
Credit
Gift of the Dannheisser Foundation
Object number
175.1996
Copyright
© 2017 Robert Gober
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Robert Gober has 53 works  online.
There are 395 installation works online.

High on the wall and decidedly out of reach, a barred window reveals an illusory glimpse of radiant blue sky. Gober transforms the gallery into a prison cell, taunting viewers with the semblance of a landscape beyond and provoking a desire to escape. At once familiar and uncanny, Gober's work is based on memory: "Most of my sculptures have been memories remade, recombined, and filtered through my current experiences." This sculptural installation also alludes to the Renaissance conception of a painting as a window, once the premise of representational picture-making.

Gallery label from Out of Time: A Contemporary View, August 30, 2006–April 9, 2007

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