Gober creates sculpture, installations, and photography and is perhaps best known for his delicate, ghostly, hand-crafted versions of domestic fixtures, such as drains, beds, doors, and sinks. Through these uncanny replicas, he invests mass-produced objects with personal meaning-the private, unruly desires and memories of the individual. A longtime admirer of Hitchcock, Gober is also master technician of suspenseful and disturbing imagery. In this photograph, what at first glance appears to be a common mousetrap set among some ferns is, upon closer examination, a human-scaled device that uncannily evokes the themes of contagion and control that run throughout the artist's work.
the artist; [Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York City]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography," November 4, 2008–March 22, 2009.
Museum of Modern Art, New York. "The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today," August 1, 2010–November 1, 2010.
Kunsthaus Zürich. "The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today," February 25, 2011–May 15, 2011.
Marcoci, Roxana. The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today. New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010. no. 182.