Robert Gober

Drains

1990

Medium
Pewter
Dimensions
Object: 94 x 94 x 42 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1992
Reference
T06659

Display caption

Gober has made many sculptures of domestic objects, such as sinks, drains, urinals, cots, playpens and doors. They closely resemble the manufactured originals but are in fact hand-made by the artist. In the mid-1980s he made whole sink units, and later isolated the drain elements, embedding them into unexpected locations, such as tables and walls. His drains have a mundane, domestic presence yet are potentially suggestive, evoking the intimate bodily process of personal hygiene.

Gallery label, August 2004