Antony Gormley

MASS AND EMPATHY, FUNDAçAO CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN, LISBON, PORTUGAL, 2004

20 February - 16 May 2004

Speaking on this exhibition, Gormley stated: 

'For this exhibition I have used two "old" works to make a new one.

All works take on a new feeling and speak differently in a new context but also each new work you make, if it has any guts at all, radically challenges everything that has been made before. So here we have a dialogue between two works made almost ten years apart that will perhaps destroy each other.

One was made as a testimony to the body as a place that seems to have lost its place: the space of the body as a lost object. Nevertheless here it is absolutely present in its dark mass and in the demands it makes on us. The other is a shimmering nervousness in which the body gives itself up to light. CRITICAL MASS II (1995) was made as an ironic charade of the ascent of man by one actor - me - and DOMAIN FIELD (2003) calls on the collective body and field theory.

What are they, together and apart? I hope they are different ways of infecting but also of involving architecture and the viewer in a new reflexivity of inhabitation. I hope they call on memory and anticipation. I hope they make us not take standing up for granted: to stand is a privilege and to fall most natural.

Finally this is an experiment in what representation without mimesis can do. How can art be instrumental?

I do not take the Gulbenkian for granted. I want to expose the architecture - make it as raw as the work, part of the work. I do not want it to be a shelter or a frame, but a condition which like that of the viewer is tested and made porous.'

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, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Step

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, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Step

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, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Step

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, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Step

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, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Step

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, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Step

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, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Step

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, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Step

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements; variable sizes
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements; variable sizes
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements; variable sizes
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements; variable sizes
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

INSTRUMENT II, 1991; ONE APPLE, 1982; CORD, 1991

INSTRUMENT II, 1991; ONE APPLE, 1982; CORD, 1991
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

SENSE, 1991

SENSE, 1991
Concrete
74.5 x 62.5 x 60 cm
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

FLOOR, 1981

FLOOR, 1981
Rubber
0.6 x 122 x 134 cm
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

INSTRUMENT II, 1991

INSTRUMENT II, 1991
Lead, fibreglass, plaster, air and optical lens
213 x 74 x 51 cm
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

MATTER, 1985

MATTER, 1985
Lead, plaster, fibreglass, clay and air
54 x 56 x 208 cm
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

HOME AND THE WORLD, 1986-87

HOME AND THE WORLD, 1986-87
Lead, fibreglass, wood, plaster and air
850 x 58 x 58 cm
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

SEEDS V, 1989/93 (foreground)

SEEDS V, 1989/93 (FOREGROUND)
Lead
Unit size: 3.5 x 1.1 cm diam
CORD, 1991 (background)
Copper and plaster
340 x 0.4 cm
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

SEEING AND BELIEVING, 1988

SEEING AND BELIEVING, 1988
Lead, fibreglass and plaster
192 x 155 x 38 cm
Installation view, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Photograph taken by Stephen White, London

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