Steve McQueen gets a profile in The Guardian this week, as he prepares to open his first Tate Modern retrospective, and reflects on the arc of his career and work. “What I do as an artist is, I think, to do with my own life experience,” he says. “I came of age in a school which was a microcosm of the world around me. One day, you’re together as a group, the next, you are split up by people who think certain people are better than you. It was kind of interesting to observe that.”
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New York, NY
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Middlebury College BA, Middlebury, VT
Gober, an American sculptor, creates works that often resemble ready-made sculptures, specifically collections like his Sinks series, Drain series, and the 1989 Wedding Gown. Frequently, he blurs the line between things and people, giving inanimate objects human qualities in the form of eye-like orifices, subtly placing human appendages readily throughout his art.
His works may also elicit horror like the 1989 wallpaper Hanging Man/Sleeping Man, which intersperses images of a sleeping white man and a hanging black man. His 1990 sculpture Untitled: Beeswax, Human Hair and Pigment resembles a sack of potatoes with breasts, one of which is literally covered in hair.
His works are included in the collections of museums like the Guggenheim and the San Francisco Museum of Art.