Antony Gormley

ATAXIA, 2008 - 2009

ATAXIA is a word derived from the Greek for a condition characterised by a progressive loss of coordination, attributed to severe dysfunction of the central nervous system. This struggle between order and disorder, symmetry and asymmetry, is characterised in the seven works which all suggest a physical state of being: TURN, SPLICE, SHRIVE, SHY, LIST, CLUTCH and HAFT.

Made of cast iron from variable blocks, which recall architectural elements each work shows a different body position perhaps caused by a moment of spasm, whereby the human figure has lost its centre of gravity. They appear animated by an invisible impulse coming from somewhere deep inside their core.

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SHRIVE II

SHRIVE II, 2008
Cast iron
186 x 49 x 53 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CLUTCH II, 2008

CLUTCH II, 2008
Cast iron
95 x 44 x 84 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

HAFT II

HAFT II, 2008
Cast iron
160 x 50 x 66.5 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

SPLICE III

SPLICE III, 2008
Cast iron
179 x 44.5 x 33.5 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

SHY V, 2008

SHY V, 2008
Cast iron
179 x 46.5 x 39 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

LIST II

LIST II, 2009
Cast iron
185 x 47.5 x 37.5 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

TURN II

TURN II, 2009
Cast iron
185 x 47.5 x 40 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

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