Antony Gormley

ANTONY GORMLEY, BALTIC CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, GATESHEAD, ENGLAND, 2002 - 2003

17 May - 25 August 2003

DOMAIN FIELD (2003), an ambitious work, was commissioned specially for BALTIC in Gateshead in 2003. From February to May of 2003 the BALTIC's Level 4 art space was converted into the site for the production of this major work. DOMAIN FIELD consists of 240 'Domain' sculptures based on full body plaster casts of 240 volunteers of all ages from Newcastle and Gateshead. Each cast then became the basis for a unique 'Domain', a random matrix of welded steel bars forming a three-dimensional drawing space. The work was exhibited alongside ALLOTMENT (1997) and a series of Gormley's expansion works, BODY (1991/3), FRUIT (1991/3), EARTH (1991/3). 

Describing this exhibition, Gormley has written: 

'It has been a great adventure brinding together for the first time these three groups of work made over the last ten years. They try in different ways to engage with the place, origin and freedom: big words, big works. Two of the installations grew to the size they are through collaboration - the result of an invitation to the citizens of two cities, Malmö and Newcastle/Gateshead and the engagement of local makers. This publication celebrates the evolution of DOMAIN FIELD, the third and most recent work, fabricated from beginning to end at BALTIC, transforming the great space of the top floor into a zone where life confronted art, literally head on. 

I am amazed by the number of people who volunteered to be part of DOMAIN FIELD. They did so for all sorts of reasons, to be immortalised, to overcome their fear, or just because they liked the idea of benig part of a work of art. Whatever reason they came, what they brought was energym, an energy that grew as the piece grew. Just as the work questions the limits of our bodies, so the participants were confronted by, and in many cases overcame, their own boundaries.' 

FRUIT, 1991/93 (foreground)

FRUIT, 1991/93 (FOREGROUND)
Cast iron and air
104 x 125 x 120 cm
BODY, 1991/93 (background)
Cast iron and air
229 x 259 x 219 cm
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photography by Colin Davison, Newcastle

EARTH, 1991/93

EARTH, 1991/93
Cast iron and air
260 x 230 x 290 cm
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photography by Colin Davison, Newcastle

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
4.76 mm square section stainless steel bar
287 elements, dimensions vary
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photography by Colin Davison, Newcastle

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
4.76 mm square section stainless steel bar
287 elements, dimensions vary
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photography by Colin Davison, Newcastle

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
4.76 mm square section stainless steel bar
287 elements, dimensions vary
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photography by Colin Davison, Newcastle

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
4.76 mm square section stainless steel bar
287 elements, dimensions vary
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photography by Colin Davison, Newcastle

ALLOTMENT II, 1996

ALLOTMENT II, 1996
Reinforced concrete
300 life-size elements derived from the dimensions of local inhabitants of Malmö aged 1.5 - 80 years
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photograph by Colin Davison, Newcastle

ALLOTMENT II, 1996

ALLOTMENT II, 1996
Reinforced concrete
300 life-size elements derived from the dimensions of local inhabitants of Malmö aged 1.5 - 80 years
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photograph by Colin Davison, Newcastle

ALLOTMENT II, 1996

ALLOTMENT II, 1996
Reinforced concrete
300 life-size elements derived from the dimensions of local inhabitants of Malmö aged 1.5 - 80 years
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photograph by Colin Davison, Newcastle

ALLOTMENT II, 1996

ALLOTMENT II, 1996
Reinforced concrete
300 life-size elements derived from the dimensions of local inhabitants of Malmö aged 1.5 - 80 years
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photograph by Colin Davison, Newcastle

ALLOTMENT II, 1996

ALLOTMENT II, 1996
Reinforced concrete
300 life-size elements derived from the dimensions of local inhabitants of Malmö aged 1.5 - 80 years
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photograph by Colin Davison, Newcastle

ALLOTMENT II, 1996

ALLOTMENT II, 1996
Reinforced concrete
300 life-size elements derived from the dimensions of local inhabitants of Malmö aged 1.5 - 80 years
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photograph by Colin Davison, Newcastle

ALLOTMENT II, 1996

ALLOTMENT II, 1996
Reinforced concrete
300 life-size elements derived from the dimensions of local inhabitants of Malmö aged 1.5 - 80 years
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003
Photograph by Colin Davison, Newcastle

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
Stainless steel bars, 4.76 mm x 4.76mM
Various sizes: 287 elements, derived from moulds of local inhabitants of Newcastle-Gateshead aged 2.5 - 84 years
Works in progress, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Photograph by Colin Davison

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
Stainless steel bars, 4.76 mm x 4.76mm
Various sizes: 287 elements, derived from moulds of local inhabitants of Newcastle-Gateshead aged 2.5 - 84 years
Works in progress, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Photograph by Colin Davison

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
Stainless steel bars, 4.76 mm x 4.76mm
Various sizes: 287 elements, derived from moulds of local inhabitants of Newcastle-Gateshead aged 2.5 - 84 years
Works in progress, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Photograph by Colin Davison

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
Stainless steel bars, 4.76 mm x 4.76mm
Various sizes: 287 elements, derived from moulds of local inhabitants of Newcastle-Gateshead aged 2.5 - 84 years
Works in progress, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Photograph by Colin Davison

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
Stainless steel bars, 4.76 mm x 4.76mm
Various sizes: 287 elements, derived from moulds of local inhabitants of Newcastle-Gateshead aged 2.5 - 84 years
Works in progress, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Photograph by Colin Davison

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
Stainless steel bars, 4.76 mm x 4.76mm
Various sizes: 287 elements, derived from moulds of local inhabitants of Newcastle-Gateshead aged 2.5 - 84 years
Works in progress, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Photograph by Colin Davison

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003

DOMAIN FIELD, 2003
4.76 mm square section stainless steel bar
Various sizes: 287 elements, derived from moulds of local inhabitants of Newcastle-Gateshead aged 2.5 - 84 years
Installation view, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England, 2003

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