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Cover Up

2008

Bob Trotman (American, 1947 - present)

Combining wood’s visual warmth and frankness with a
startling sense of isolation, Bob Trotman conveys a variety of
narratives about the masks and personas that are taken on
when working within a competitive organization. Cover Up was
inspired by a scene from Sergei Eisenstein’s iconic 1925 film
The Battleship Potemkin, in which mutinous crew members
are shrouded by a tarpaulin before facing a firing squad. As
in Eisenstein’s film, the shrouded figures of Cover Up could
represent sacrificial victims, those scapegoated to serve as
a ritualistic purging of collective wrongdoing. The diminutive
scale of the figures could signify the shame or denial of what
secret thing has transpired and must remain hidden, or imply
something adolescent and underdeveloped—children dressed
in business attire playing a collective game of hide–and–seek.

wood, tempera, wax

Measurements:    height: 61 inches    width: 30 inches    depth: 30 inches

Museum Purchase: funds provided by the Goodrich Foundation, Suzanne Crist Botts in memory of John Crist, John and Judith Alexander, Selena Beaudry and Gray Ellison, Gwen Bland, Bee and Chris Jensen, Sonia and Isaac Luski, Larry Brady, contributions from the Contemporary Coalition, and exchange funds from the gifts of various donors 2010.71 © 2008, Bob Trotman

Currently on view at Mint Museum UPTOWN