Antony Gormley

DRAWING SPACE, MACRO, ROME, ITALY, 2010 - 2011

26 October 2010 - 12 June 2011

DRAWING SPACE was the largest exhibition in Italy to date of drawings by Antony Gormley, presenting the evolution of his works on paper and the relationship that these graphic explorations have to the development of his sculpture. Especially conceived for the exhibition spaces of MACRO, the show highlighted four key sculptures which demonstrate how line has migrated from the surface of the paper to architectural space. The exhibition began with diagrammatic works from 1981, when in a small room in Kings Cross, London, Gormley made his first drawings in black oil paint and charcoal, pinning the paper to the wall. In the artist's words: 'the sculpture would not have been possible without these drawings'. The exhibition continued with the night landscapes of the 1990s, where connnections are sought between 'the body as a place' and 'space at large', and concluded with the most recent linear works, where line is liberated from the burden of description and is celebrated as an energising principle used to activate space for the viewer. Drawing has long been one of Gormley's core activities: a means to move away from the slow process of sculpture towards more immediate expressions of thought and feeling beyond the body. The drawings exhibited here charted intimate movements of the hand, the body, and the artist's unconscious intuition, possessing a range and intensity that characterises them as works in their own right. Through the behaviour of line, mineral, and medium the drawings become a means by which the process of 'seeing in making' is revealed.

DRAWING SPACE, 2010

DRAWING SPACE, 2010
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

MANSION, 1982; UNTITLED, 1983; UNTITLED, 1981

MANSION, 1982; UNTITLED, 1983; UNTITLED, 1981
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

DRAWING SPACE, 2010

DRAWING SPACE, 2010
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

DRAWING SPACE, 2010

DRAWING SPACE, 2010
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

FEELING MATERIAL XXXVI, 2008

FEELING MATERIAL XXXVI, 2008
5 mm square section mild steel bar
238 x 196 x 178 cm
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

DRAWING SPACE, 2010

DRAWING SPACE, 2010
Etching on 300 gsm Somerset TP Textured paper
50 x 58.1 cm
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

BODY AND SOUL I, 1990; UNTITLED, 1988; UNDER MY SKIN, 1998

BODY AND SOUL I, 1990; UNTITLED, 1988; UNDER MY SKIN, 1998
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

SPACE, 2007

SPACE, 2007
Lithograph on 300 gsm Velin dĀ“Arches paper
111 x 77 cm
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

DRAWING SPACE, 2010

DRAWING SPACE, 2010
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

DRAWING SPACE, 2010

DRAWING SPACE, 2010
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

DRIFT II, 2007

DRIFT II, 2007
2 mm square section stainless steel bar
235 x 150 x 125 cm
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

DRAWING SPACE, 2010

DRAWING SPACE, 2010
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

DRAWING SPACE, 2010

DRAWING SPACE, 2010
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

DRAWING SPACE, 2010

DRAWING SPACE, 2010
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

BODIES IS SPACE [WHITE], 2007

BODIES IS SPACE [WHITE], 2007
Lithograph on 300 gsm Velin d'Arches paper
78 x 230.5 cm
BODIES IN SPACE [BLACK], 2007
Lithograph on 300 gsm Velin d'Arches paper
78 x 230.5 cm
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

DRAWING SPACE, 2010

DRAWING SPACE, 2010
Installation view, MACRO, Rome, Italy, 2010
Photograph by Davide Franceschini, Rome

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