Robert GoberThe Pavilions, Room 4
Untitled, 1992, is a room-scale, multisensory presentation made up of diverse components: darkened exterior pathways, a brightly lit interior chamber with walls covered by a hand-painted, 360-degree mural of a forest, sinks with running water mounted on the walls, and multiple “prison windows,” forged iron bars through which a view of a painted sky is visible. Strewn about the room’s floor are piles of newspapers and boxes of rat bait. Together these elements form an architectural, aural, and aesthetic environment—an immersive work of art. This work was first conceived in response to an invitation from the Dia Center for the Arts in New York (now the Dia Art Foundation) that encompassed the entire third floor of Dia’s space at 548 West Twenty-Second Street in New York.