Short Haired Cheese

Robert Gober American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 915

As with so many of Gober’s classic works of the 1990s, the artist began by researching the archetypal forms of his chosen subject, landing here on an unmistakable, yellow-tinged wedge replete with air-bubble holes. The hair that appears to grow out of the rind (trimmings from one of his studio assistants) adds a haunting, anthropomorphic cast. Throughout this artist’s work, impeccably rendered objects associated with a nostalgic, mid-twentieth-century domesticity—comestibles such as butter, gin, or donuts, or home-maintenance products like house paint, light bulbs, or rat poison—are made strange, even unsettlingly queasy, through the artist’s distinctive interventions and allusions to a body in pieces.

Short Haired Cheese, Robert Gober (American, born Wallingford, Connecticut, 1954), Beeswax, human hair

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