Antony Gormley

EXPOSED EXPANSION WORKS, 2007 - 2008

The EXPOSED EXPANSION WORKS reveal the space where the body was, rather than represent the body itself. The works are so open in structure as to be, for all intents and purposes, drawings in space. Each reveals an empty body-space at its core. Neither architecture nor anatomy, they are more like the random matrices found in fractal geometry. Though some body shapes may be immediately apparent among the froth-like polyhedrons, others will only manifest themselves slowly, over time, as we move around them.

In these dematerialised works, the bodies are free, lost in space, weightless, and with no internal determination. They appear as emergent zones: you cannot be sure whether the bubble matrix is produced by the body zone, or the zone by the matrix.

The EXPOSED EXPANSION WORKS are the closest I get to Brancusi's notion that you can turn an object into light. He did it by polishing sculptures, whereas I have tried to do it by abandoning weight and mass, and dissolving surface.

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STATIC I

STATIC I, 2007
3 mm square section stainless steel bar
360 x 360 x 190 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

FLOAT I

FLOAT I, 2007
3 mm square section stainless steel bar
280 x 220 x 140 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

FLOAT II

FLOAT II, 2007
3 mm square section stainless steel bar
320 x 260 x 180 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

EXERGY I

EXERGY I, 2007
3 mm square section stainless steel bar
230 x 210 x 210 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CRYSTAL

CRYSTAL, 2007
3 mm square section stainless steel bar
360 x 360 x 190 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

FLARE

FLARE, 2007
2 mm square section stainless steel bar
230 x 210 x 210 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

FREEFALL

FREEFALL, 2007
2 mm square section stainless steel bar
290 x 185 x 180 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

TOUCH

TOUCH, 2007
3 mm square section stainless steel bar
300 x 160 x 150 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

EXERGY II

EXERGY II, 2007
3 mm square section stainless steel bar
210 x 150 x 240 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

FREEFALL II

FREEFALL II, 2007
2 mm square section stainless steel bar
195 x 225 x 350 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

TOUCH III

TOUCH III, 2008
2 mm square section stainless steel bar
170 x 320 x 140 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

FREEFALL III

FREEFALL III, 2008
2 mm square section stainless steel wire
270 x 197 x 170 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

TOUCH II

TOUCH II, 2008
3 mm square section stainless steel bar
305 x 150 x 140 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

Work in Progress

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2007
FLARE, Work in Progress, 2006

Work in Progress

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2007
FLARE, Work in Progress, 2006

Work in Progress

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2007
FLARE, Work in Progress, 2006

Work in Progress

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2007
FLARE, Work in Progress, 2006

Work in Progress

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2007
FLARE, Work in Progress, 2006

Work in Progress

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2007
FLARE, Work in Progress, 2006

Work in Progress

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2007
FLARE, Work in Progress, 2006

Work in Progress

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2007
FLARE, Work in Progress, 2006

Work in Progress

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2007
FLARE, Work in Progress, 2006

Work in Progress

WORK IN PROGRESS, 2007
FLARE, Work in Progress, 2006

FLARE II, 2008

FLARE II, 2008
2 mm square section stainless steel wire
300 x 210 x 216 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

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