Antony Gormley

NEW YORK DRAWINGS, 1997 - 1998

Increasingly [...] rather than connecting the body to the space of nature (as occurs in the BODY AND LIGHT series), [Gormley's] later drawings begin to demonstrate an interconnection with a more urban environment, which in turn affects their form. A couple of tiny works on paper from 1997, DAKOTA I and II, signal this change. Using the familiar materials of carbon and casein, the vestigial washed body silhouette now becomes over-inscribed by a series of brown lines which mark up an interrupted grid. Not only does this grid partially obscure the underlying figure (which now gradually appears to fade away in the watered pigment), it also creates a geometric pattern on the surface of the paper which, in its spatial composition, can be read as an architectural grille or balustrade set in front of a window, or as abstract scaffolding. Either way, it is not surprising to find that these urban works, with their rectilinearity operating at a far remove from the natural, curved forms of the Coniston drawings, were actually made in the Dakota Building on New York's West Side. The particular rhythm of the city's architecture seems to activate the composition of the grid and creates new possibilities for the interpenetration of body and space. Certainly the drawings appear to anticipate both the future concentration on the matrix itself in the GEOMETRY series and Gormley's wider interest in working on increasingly large scale urban architectural projects.

Extract from Anna Moszynska, ANTONY GORMLEY: DRAWING SPACE, Milan: Electa, 2010, pp. 52-53

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DAKOTA I, 1997

DAKOTA I, 1997
Carbon and casein on paper
8.9 x 8.9 cm

DAKOTA II, 1997

DAKOTA II, 1997
Carbon and casein on paper
8.9 x 8.9 cm

NEW YORK, 1997

NEW YORK, 1997
Carbon and casein on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK II, 1997

NEW YORK II, 1997
Carbon, casein and aniline dye on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK III, 1997

NEW YORK III, 1997
Carbon, casein and linseed oil on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK IV, 1997

NEW YORK IV, 1997
Carbon, casein and linseed oil on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK VI, 1997

NEW YORK VI, 1997
Carbon and casein on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK VII, 1997

NEW YORK VII, 1997
Carbon, casein and linseed oil on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK VIII, 1997

NEW YORK VIII, 1997
Carbon, casein and aniline dye on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK IX, 1997

NEW YORK IX, 1997
Carbon, casein and aniline dye on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK I, 1998

NEW YORK I, 1998
Carbon, casein and oil on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK II

NEW YORK II, 1998
Carbon, casein and oil on paper
9 x 9 cm

New York IV, 1998

NEW YORK IV, 1998
Carbon, casein and oil on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK V, 1998

NEW YORK V, 1998
Carbon, casein and oil on paper
9 x 9 cm

New York VI, 1998

NEW YORK VI, 1998
Carbon, casein and oil on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK VII, 1998

NEW YORK VII, 1998
Carbon, casein and oil on paper
9 x 9 cm

NEW YORK III, 1998

NEW YORK III, 1998
Carbon, casein and oil on paper
9 x 9 cm