Antony Gormley

ANILINE DYE, 1996 - 2003

Water-dispersed aniline dye became Gormley's favoured drawing medium at the beginning of the new millennium. Chemically-based, acrid and dangerous, the reddish tint of aniline is reminiscent of the colour in the final stage of alchemy known as rubedo or iosis (from the Greek root ios meaning poison). The use of this potent substance continues his investigation into the effects and behaviour of different minerals and chemicals. Dropped on to the paper and then manipulated by brush, the visual effects caused from aniline range from the veining and spreading in WEB and CONNECTIONS III to the blotching and washing of PLACENTA. In all the drawings the surface texture is intensely varied, the chemical producing unforeseen and fugitive effects of immense beauty and mystery - metaphorically transforming a base substance into gold. The work appears to be struggling with embodiment and disembodiment, whether in allusions to disease or the creation of matter and its inevitable entropy. Text by Anna Moszynska, from ANTONY GORMLEY DRAWING, Published by The British Museum Press, 2002

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ESCAPING THE SHADOW

ESCAPING THE SHADOW, 1996
Water-dispersed aniline dye and milk on paper
40 x 29 cm

AGAINST TIME, 2000

AGAINST TIME, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye and carbon on paper
14 x 18.5 cm

ALIFE, 2000

ALIFE, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye and carbon on paper
14 x 18.5 cm

CONNECTION III

CONNECTION III, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye on paper
28.5 x 37.5 cm

POINTS OF INFECTION PARTS OF AFFECTION, 2000

POINTS OF INFECTION PARTS OF AFFECTION, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye and carbon on paper
29.5 x 21 cm

TWO BODIES, 2000

TWO BODIES, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye on paper
28.5 x 37.5 cm

UNTITLED, 2000

UNTITLED, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye, milk and carbon on paper
21 x 29.5 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

WEB, 2000

WEB, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye on paper
76 x 57 cm

MIND, 2000

MIND, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye and carbon on paper
14 x 18.5 cm

PLEXUS, 2000

PLEXUS, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye and carbon on paper
14 x 18.5 cm

COMING, 2000

COMING, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye and carbon on paper
14 x 18.5 cm

DISSOLVE, 2000

DISSOLVE, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye and carbon on paper
21 x 29.5 cm

EXTENDED ELEMENTARY I, 2000

EXTENDED ELEMENTARY I, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye and carbon on paper
29.5 x 21 cm

EXTENDED ELEMENTARY II, 2000

EXTENDED ELEMENTARY II, 2000
Water-dispersed aniline dye and carbon on paper
29.5 x 21 cm

PLACENTA, 2001

PLACENTA, 2001
Water-dispersed aniline dye on paper
28 x 38 cm

CONCEPT, 2001

CONCEPT, 2001
Water-dispersed aniline dye on paper
28 x 38 cm

LOITER, 2003

LOITER, 2003
Water-dispersed aniline dye and soy sauce on paper
38 x 28 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

DIVINE, 2003

DIVINE, 2003
Water-dispersed aniline dye and soy sauce on paper
38 x 28 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

FEATURE, 2003

FEATURE, 2003
Water-dispersed aniline dye and soy sauce on paper
38 x 28 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

HOLD, 2003

HOLD, 2003
Water-dispersed aniline dye and soy sauce on paper
38 x 28 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

SACRIFICE, 2003

SACRIFICE, 2003
Water-dispersed aniline dye and soy sauce on paper
38 x 28 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London