Antony Gormley

PLASTER WORKS, 2012 - 2013

Within the repeated cubic architecture of the Palais d'Iena I have tried to reconsider the body as architecture and architecture as the condition of the body. Constructed and de-constructed the cellular elements of a standing, lying and crouching form are assembled and disassembled. Always orthogonal, the blocks are placed singularly or in groups within the given repeated grid of this columned space.

These works reduce the architectural language to basic volumes then use stacked or cantilevered, the anatomy of the body is translated into techtonics for the purposes of exposing the vulnerability and indeterminacy of the human condition. Using the language of pillar, lintel, stacking and off-set the relative positions of these blocks is what carries feeling. Their relationship, one to the other, replaces gesture and the representation with an intrinsic instability. The participation of the viewer is solicited in empathising with the construction but inherent instability in the making of a whole body.
Made of plaster, itself a provisional, sculptural material especially for this exhibition the work consciously plays with the natural light that floods the space from both sides and engages with the integral and repeated structures of the Palais d'Iena.

Text written on occasion of UNLIMITED BODIES: CORPS SANS LIMITE, Palais d'Iéna, Paris, France, 2012

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RETREAT IV, 2012

RETREAT IV, 2012
Plaster
48 x 71 x 61 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CATCH II, 2012

CATCH II, 2012
Plaster
298.5 x 68.2 x 51 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CATCH II, 2012

CATCH II, 2012
Hollow plaster blocks made from 10 mm wall thickness of Crystacal R Plaster (Resin based)
Re-enforced with wire mesh and hessian scrim
298.5 x 68.2 x 51 cm
Installation view Winterpalais, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria, 2014
Photograph by Gregor Titze, Vi

RETREAT III, 2012

RETREAT III, 2012
Plaster
73.5 x 112.5 x 93 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

SCHEME II, 2012

SCHEME II, 2012
Plaster
38.2 x 99.7 x 294.7 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

NUIT BLANCHE, 2012

NUIT BLANCHE, 2012
180 Reinforced plaster blocks
Overall dimensions variable
Palais d'Iena, Paris, France
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Photograph by Charles Duprat

NUIT BLANCHE, 2012

NUIT BLANCHE, 2012
180 Reinforced plaster blocks
Overall dimensions variable
Palais d'Iena, Paris, France
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Photograph by Charles Duprat