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Untitled

1991

Robert Gober, Untitled, 1991. Wax, cloth, wood, leather, and human hair, 13 1/2 × 7 × 37 1/2 in. (34.3 × 17.8 × 95.3 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Robert W. Wilson  92.6
© Robert Gober 1991
Robert Gober often makes sculptures of familiar objects in unexpected ways, changing them so that they become strange and unsettling. For this sculpture, Gober made a cast of his own leg in wax. An unlit wax candle protrudes from the thigh through a flap cut into the pant leg. To make this male adult leg look even more realistic and startling, he added hundreds of actual human hairs to it, one by one. The lifeless, fully-clothed wax leg sticking out from the wall may make you wonder where the rest of the body is, and what it might look like. Imagine what would happen if the candle was lit. When he made this sculpture, perhaps Gober was thinking of how fragile the human body can be.
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