Antony Gormley

CRITICAL MASS, DE LA WARR PAVILION, BEXHILL-ON-SEA, UK, 2010

8 May - 26 September 2010 CRITICAL MASS, one of Gormley's best known works, is an installation made up of 60 life-size cast iron body forms and will be displayed on the roof of the De La Warr Pavilion from 8 May 2010. The artist comments: "This is the return of the lost subject to the site of Modernism. It is great to have a chance to test this piece of sculpture against the clarity of Mendelsohn and Chemayeff's English masterpiece. I am excited to see these dark forms in the elements against the sea and in direct light. It will be like a sky burial. How these masses act in space is very important. The challenge is to make the distance intimate, internal." CRITICAL MASS is made up of five casts from 12 discrete moulds of Gormley's body, developing from a low crouching position to squatting, sitting, kneeling and standing - an ascent of man ranging through the complex syntax of the body.

CRITICAL MASS II

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements, variable sizes
Installation De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 2010
Photograph by Nigel Green

CRITICAL MASS II

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements, variable sizes
Installation De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 2010
Photograph by Nigel Green

CRITICAL MASS II

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements, variable sizes
Installation De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 2010
Photograph by Nigel Green

CRITICAL MASS II

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements, variable sizes
Installation De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 2010
Photograph by Nigel Green

CRITICAL MASS II

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements, variable sizes
Installation De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 2010
Photograph by Nigel Green

CRITICAL MASS II

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements, variable sizes
Installation De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 2010
Photograph by Nigel Green

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995

CRITICAL MASS II, 1995
Cast iron
60 life-size elements, variable sizes
Installation De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, England, 2010
Photograph by Nigel Green

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