Antony Gormley

BODY, 2009 - 2011

The time of the work is the time of its arising. The space of the work is the given of the sheet taken as a frame on infinity. These drawings break the edge and make an evocation of presence through a density in a fugitive field. The works attempt to render the body as a field and to feel the body not as a knowable object, but a subjective space of becoming. Emergence and dissolution are equalised. The fugitive nature and the unpredictability of the behaviour of the pigment and casein, floated on a well-soaked, hand-made linen paper, results in a wide range of reaction between carbon and water. Each is the result of an experiment in which the elements are allowed to interact with the minimum of intervention. I keep those that have the right sense of aliveness. The drawings register a moment of lived time, not as an action but as a state: becoming part of space and time. This is an active dispersion, not the melancholy of entropy, but a conscious dispersion into endlessness. Without wanting to over-determine the feel of these works, it is an attempt to unify an internal and external atmosphere. Perhaps weather is the best description of emotion and perhaps there is a way that emotion itself can become weather. There is a sense of waiting that is connected with presence or the arising of awareness. The different forms of these drawings surprises and terrifies me. They are about a loss of control and are made through a loss of control. 

As a list, the concerns of the BODY DRAWING series could be as follows:

An evocation of presence.

A test of a bounding condition.

The evidence of an event.

A density within a fugitive field.

The body as a field.

The body as an unknown space.

Aliveness.

The register a moment of lived time.

A state of becoming.

Being part of space and time: a dispersion.

Unifying internal and external.

Emotion as weather.

A register of loss of control and made through a loss of control.

Waiting. 

Antony Gormley, 2014.

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BODY, MIND, SPACE, 2008

BODY, MIND, SPACE, 2008
Carbon and casein on paper
111 x 77 cm

BODY V, 2009

BODY V, 2009
Carbon and casein on paper
111 x 77 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

Body VII, 2009

BODY VII, 2009
Carbon and casein on paper
111 x 77 cm

Body VIII

BODY VIII, 2010
Carbon and casein on paper
76 x 56.5 cm
Photograoh by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY XVI, 2010

BODY XVI, 2010
Carbon and casein on paper
77 x 56 cm

BODY XVII, 2010

BODY XVII, 2010
Carbon and casein on paper
77 x 56 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY XVIII, 2010

BODY XVIII, 2010
Carbon and casein on paper
77 x 56 cm

BODY XXXI, 2010

BODY XXXI, 2010
Carbon and casein on paper
77 x 56 cm

BODY XI, 2011

BODY XI, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
77 x 56 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY XX, 2011

BODY XX, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
76 x 56 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY XXIII, 2011

BODY XXIII, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
77 x 57 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY XXXV, 2011

BODY XXXV, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
75.5 x 55.5 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY I, 2009

BODY I, 2009
Carbon and casein on paper
111 x 77 cm

BODY XXXVII, 2011

BODY XXXVII, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
75.5 x 55.5 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY XXXVIII, 2011

BODY XXXVIII, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
75.5 x 55.5 cm

BODY XLII, 2011

BODY XLII, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
75.5 x 55.5 cm

BODY XLIII, 2011

BODY XLIII, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
75.5 x 55.5 cm

BODY XLVI, 2011

BODY XLVI, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
75.5 x 55.5 cm

BODY XLVIII, 2011

BODY XLVIII, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
37.8 x 27.8 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY XXVI, 2010

BODY XXVI, 2010
Carbon and casein on paper
38 x 28 cm

BODY XLIX, 2011

BODY XLIX, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
37.8 x 27.8 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY L, 2011

BODY L, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
37.8 x 27.8 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY LI, 2011

BODY LI, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
37.8 x 27.8 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY LII,  2011

BODY LII, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
37.8 x 27.8 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY LIII, 2011

BODY LIII, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
37.8 x 27.8 cm
Photograph by Prudence Cuming Associates, London

BODY LV, 2011

BODY LV, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
56 x 37.7 cm

BODY LVI, 2011

BODY LVI, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
55.9 x 38.2 cm

BODY LVII, 2011

BODY LVII, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
55.8 x 38 cm

BODY LVIII, 2011

BODY LVIII, 2011
Carbon and casein on paper
55.8 x 38 cm