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Gober, Robert (1954-)
Movement: Conceptual art
Theme: Other/Unknown theme
Museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: New York, NY, USA
Descriptive Title: Drain in Underbrush
Medium: Gelatin silver print. Dimensions: 25 x 31.5 cm.
The drain is one of Gober's central motifs of the last decade. Beginning in the late 1980s, the artist made pewter casts of a drain that he had soldered together from three different examples to create what he described as the "quintessential type of drain." The most important addition to his construction was its cruciform design, admixing the spiritual and corporeal in a way that refers back to his Catholic upbringing. Gober has described the drain metaphorically as functioning in the same way as traditional paintings, as "a window onto another world," adding that "the world you enter into â€¦ would be something darker and unknown, like an ecological unconscious." Gober's photograph of the usually indoor conduit situated outside in dense underbrush powerfully communicates his idea of the body and the world pulled into the void through the ineffable promise of redemption offered by God and art. (from the museums homepage)
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