Antony Gormley

MODEL, WHITE CUBE BERMONDSEY, LONDON, ENGLAND, 2012 - 2013

28 November 2012 - 10 February 2013

Challenging the physical possibilities of the gallery space, this ambitious exhibition investigated our experience of architecture through the body, and of the body through architecture.

MODEL (2012), a vast new work, was made in direct response to the space of the South Gallery II. Fabricated from 100 tonnes of weathering sheet steel, the work is both sculpture and building, human in form but at no point visible as a total figure.  Visitors were able to enter the work through a 'foot' and journey through its inter-connected internal chambers, the sculpture demanding that we adjust our pace and bend our bodies to its awkward yet absolute geometry. The experience of this analogy for the 'dark interior of the body' is guided by anticipation and memory and the direct and indirect light which penetrates the structure and which leads us on, as if through a labyrinth.

The exhibition also included a room of models - trials mostly made in the year leading up to the exhibition but this included some examples from as far back as ten years ago. The room presented a dialogue between dwelling in the body and dwelling in a building and explores the potential of sculpture as a form of psychological, reflexive architecture.

On display there were frames frames, solid plaster casts, and architectural models that map the darkness of the body. Some of the 'Blockworks' shown in the corridor had counterparts in the model room, where their solid masses become hollow and form complex interiors. Three models for the interconnecting chambers of the large work MODEL were shown. Throughout the installation of objects and drawings there was a dialogue between extension and expansion, where the scale of the body is taken as a variable.

The room was a laboratory of possibility, showing the ways in which ideas cross-fertilisze and produce ever more vigorous hybrids. It gave an insight into the workings of the studio as an open-ended exploratory playground in which space and object become interchangeable.

HINGE II, 2012

HINGE II, 2012
Cast iron
192 x 249 x 256 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

SPLAY, 2012

SPLAY, 2012
Cast iron
73 x 50 x 131 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

SLUMP, 2012

SLUMP, 2012
Cast iron
149.5 x 57.5 x 73.5 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

RETREAT, 2012

RETREAT, 2012
Cast iron
49 x 62 x 75 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

BORDER V, 2012

BORDER V, 2012
Cast iron
182 x 46.5 x 29 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

THE MODEL ROOM, 2002-2012

THE MODEL ROOM, 2002-2012
Mixed media
Dimensions variable
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

THE MODEL ROOM, 2002-2012

THE MODEL ROOM, 2002-2012
Mixed media
Dimensions variable
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

REST III, 2012

REST III, 2012
Cast iron
58.5 x 120.5 x 69 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MARK, 2012

MARK, 2012
Cast iron
599.5 x 255 x 276.5 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

SHRIVE XVI, 2012

SHRIVE XVI, 2012
Cast iron
202 x 61 x 67.6 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

STRAND, 2012

STRAND, 2012
Cast iron
25.5 x 66.5 x 196.5 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

REST II, 2012

REST II, 2012
Cast iron
58.5 x 120.5 x 69 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

STRETCH II, 2012 (foreground)

STRETCH II, 2012 (FOREGROUND)
Cast iron
135.5 x 67 x 49 cm
CLAMP, 2012 (background)
Cast iron
167 x 69 x 55 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

SHRIVE XV [TWISTED], 2012 (foreground)

SHRIVE XV [TWISTED], 2012 (FOREGROUND)
Cast iron
214.5 x 43 x 36 cm
STRETCH II, 2012 (background)
Cast iron
135.5 x 67 x 49 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

TENDER, 2012

TENDER, 2012
Cast iron
21.5 x 202.5 x 54 cm
CLAMP, 2012
Cast iron
167 x 69 x 55 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
Installation view, White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

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