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The Problem of Leisure, What to do For Pleasure

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

The Problem of Leisure, What to do For Pleasure

Artist: James Gobel (American, born 1972)
Date: 2011
Medium: Felt, yarn and acrylic on canvas
Dimensions:
Overall: 108 x 132 in. (274.3 x 335.3 cm.)
Canvas (two canvases, each@): 108 x 66 in. (274.3 x 167.6 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of the artist, 2011.12
Accession number: 2011.12.a-.b
Classification: painting
Label TextJames Gobel's figurative works respond to art history and popular culture in both subject and media. Fashion, sexual identity, and portrayals of the male form throughout history all influence the large, brightly dressed and stylized men in his works. His use of felt instead of paint connects his art to feminist and gay artists of the 1970s who also used fabric, and at the same time adds a tactile sense of softness and texture to his already rich subject matter. Source: News, January February March, 2012.
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