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© Roberg Gober/Bildupphovsrätt 2020
On View:Stockholm
Robert Gober
Born 1954
United States Cat Litter, 1989
Plaster, ink, paint
42,5 × 20,3 × 12,5 cm
Donation 2018 from The American Friends of the Moderna Museet Inc.
MOM/2018/30 On view at Stockholm
- About the work
Robert Gober gives a singular psychological charge to seemingly everyday objects. Unlike Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades, however, this bag of cat litter is not a found object but a meticulously hand-painted sculpture. With slight distortions, he makes the familiar unfamiliar. His sculptures often arise from the processing of repressed memories, resulting in emblems for a kind of transitional phase associated with the body and hygiene. Cat litter is used by people with cats, who want to take command of their domestic pet’s fundamental needs. We potty-train our infants and teach the cat to use a litter tray. Cat litter becomes a strategy for purifying the unclean, an expression of our need for control.
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