Antony Gormley

EXPANSION WORKS, 1990 - 1994

The EXPANSION works began with an obsession with renegotiating the skin: questioning where things and events begin and end.

STILL RUNNING was an attempt to translate a drawing called EXERCISE BETWEEN BLOOD AND EARTH into three dimensions, repeating the silhouette of a running man both inside and outside the delineated form. All forms become egg-shaped if their skin is repeated, achieving an equilibrium between stasis and potential.

The EXPANSION works apply this process to the body in dynamic motion, moving bodies either in self-locomotion, as in STILL LEAPING, or in positions where the body is the subject of movement, as in Still FALLING. (EARTH is derived from a body-mould in a free-fall position; BODY AND FRUIT in a clasped diving position).

All the pieces are based on moulds of my own body, but I gave up the obsessive repetition of the skin which would have resulted in a plaster form that weighed several tons. I discovered that it was possible to extend the form through the application of a consistent measure by using wooden spars radiating from nodal points at the extremities of the body. They were linked together at their outer ends to form a continuous surface where the feet, hands, buttocks and head become the foci of a number of domed forms that coalesce. The process transforms bodily movement into a totally different form of motion: contained explosions or an expanding universe.

Cast in iron, the works are all weighty: EARTH weighs 9 tonnes, BODY 6 and FRUIT 1.25. The pieces are hollow and core pins punctuate the surface.

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END PRODUCT

END PRODUCT, 1990
Cast iron and air
110 x 260 x 90 cm
Installation view Malmö Konsthall, Sweden 1993
Photograph by Jan Uvelius, Malmö

STILL RUNNING

STILL RUNNING, 1990
Cast iron and air
317 x 276 x 148 cm
Collection of Umedalen Sculpture Foundation, Umea, Sweden

STILL FALLING I

STILL FALLING I, 1990
Cast iron and air
317 x 276 x 148 cm
Installation view, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland, 2013

EARTH

EARTH, 1991
Cast iron and air
260 x 230 x 290 cm
Installation view, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 1993
Photograph by Jan Uvelius, Malmö

FRUIT

FRUIT, 1991
Cast iron and air
104 x 125 x 120 cm
Installation view, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 1993
Photograph by Jan Uvelius, Malmö

BODY

BODY, 1990
Cast iron and air
229 x 259 x 219 cm
Installation view Malmö Konsthall, Sweden, 1993
Photograph by Jan Uvelius, Malmö

STILL LEAPING

STILL LEAPING, 1990
Cast iron
365 x 301 x 285 cm
Caldic Collection, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

BODY & FRUIT, INSTALLATION VIEW, KUB, AUSTRIA

BODY & FRUIT, INSTALLATION VIEW, KUB, AUSTRIA, 1990
Cast iron, air
229 x 259 x 219 cm /104 x 125 x 120 cm
Installation view Kunsthaus Bregenz Photograph by Markus Tretter

STILL LEAPING, WORK IN PROGRESS

STILL LEAPING, WORK IN PROGRESS, 1990
Work in progress

STILL LEAPING, WORK IN PROGRESS

STILL LEAPING, WORK IN PROGRESS, 1990
Work in progress

STILL LEAPING, WORK IN PROGRESS

STILL LEAPING, WORK IN PROGRESS, 1990
Work in progress

STILL LEAPING, WORK IN PROGRESS

STILL LEAPING, WORK IN PROGRESS, 1990
Work in progress

STILL LEAPING, WORK IN PROGRESS

STILL LEAPING, WORK IN PROGRESS, 1990
Work in progress

STILL LEAPING, 1994

STILL LEAPING, 1994
Cast iron
365 x 301 x 285 cm
Installation view, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, 2016
Photo/image rights: Museum Voorlinden