Philadelphia

Robert Gober

Tyler School of Art

There were only five pieces in this show of Robert Gober’s sculpture, an austere distillation of his work that emphasized its elegiac quality. Gober made these generic, unassuming objects out of such materials as plaster, wood, wire lath, and enamel. They were carefully installed in the gallery’s bilevel space: Slip Covered Armchair, 1986–87, occupied a corner adjacent to Two Basinless Sinks, 1986, in the smaller, upper entry room, while Untitled, 1984 (a single sink), Plywood, 1987, and Untitled, 1986 (a single bed) were juxtaposed in the larger, lower room. The way they were arranged, separated by expanses of brightly or dimly lit bare walls, preserved each piece’s solitary status, providing it with an amplitude of space for maximum formal and connotative reverberation. Things were also deliberately placed, or misplaced, so as to forestall a reading of the installation as a set of related

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