Robert Gober: Tick Tock
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Robert Gober: Tick Tock, like the exhibition of the same name―Gober’s first since his 2014 survey at the Museum of Modern Art―is divided into three sections. In the first, a series of drawings depict tree trunks, human torsos and barred windows. The second section consists of 18 wall-mounted assemblages, including fragments and motifs from prior sculptures. In her essay, Helen Molesworth describes them as “what happens to memories when they are literally objectified―when they take up residence outside of us.”
The final section centers on a sculpture first shown at the 2001 Venice Biennale. Inspired by Gober’s childhood home and modeled after a church on Long Island, it depicts a pair of cellar doors opening onto a staircase set into the gallery floor. At the foot of the stairs, a yellow door with a handle of braided human hair seems to leak light around its edges.
Illustrated with color plates, this book is a testament to the artist’s explorations of faith and loss through metaphor.