Antony Gormley

METER, GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC, SALZBURG, 2013

18 May - 13 July 2013

METER presented the latest phase in Antony Gormley's exploration of space. In the exhibition, in the Villa Kast in Salzburg, Gormley explored scale and the relativity of any measurement, which encouraged viewers to experience anew their own physical presence in space.  The sculptures that were displayed on the ground floor of the gallery are larger than life; those that were on the first floor smaller than life. Gormley's work in this exhibition address size in two ways: first, with proportional magnification and second, with increasing expansion. The austere, totem-like figure WARD (2013), 1.5 times life-size, occupied the entrance to the gallery; it is one of a series of proportionally magnified figures that were positioned along the architectural axes of the ground floor. All the sculptures that were in the exhibition use the formal language of architecture, inviting greater awareness of spatial context in the viewer through the various ways in which they occupied the rooms in the gallery.

These works were contrasted by sculptures from the 'Tankers' group. These, too, are abstracted bodyforms, with rectilinear volumes expanding from human dimensions. Consisting of dark Corten steel plates, they enclose a space the extent of which is based on the principles of the metric expansion of the universe. Here, an observation method used in astronomy is applied to the intimate sphere of the human body.

The 'Tankers' works functioned as a counterpoint to a series of white plaster sculptures characterised by stacking, propping, and cantilever exploiting the interplay between stability and instability. 

Three sculptures made of linear stainless-steel, including the work COURSE (2010), a slender, double life-size figure, interpret the human body as an energy system.  The massive 11 tonne iron figure REST IV (2013), in a classic reclining posture, was displayed in the garden of the Villa Kast.

BIG WARD, 2013

BIG WARD, 2013
Cast iron
331 x 57.5 x 50 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

BIG WARD, 2013

BIG WARD, 2013
Cast iron
331 x 57.5 x 50 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

BIG WARD, 2013 (foreground)

BIG WARD, 2013 (FOREGROUND)
Cast iron
331 x 57.5 x 50 cm
GUT X, 2013 (background)
Hollow plaster blocks
313 x 73.5 x 69.5 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

GUT X, 2013

GUT X, 2013
Hollow plaster blocks
313 x 73.5 x 69.5 cm
STORE, 2013
4 mm Corten steel and air
88.2 x 93 x 132.8 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

WAKE, 2013

WAKE, 2013
4 mm Corten steel and air
71.3 x 78.5 x 204.5 cm
CATCH II, 2013
Hollow plaster blocks
298.5 x 68.2 x 51 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

CHARM, 2013 (foreground)

CHARM, 2013 (FOREGROUND)
4 mm Corten steel and air
65 x 78 x 226 cm
BOUND, 2013 (background)
4 mm Corten steel and air
51.5 x 83 x 228 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

PRIZE, 2013

PRIZE, 2013
4 mm Corten steel
199 x 73.3 x 68.3 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

SCHEME II, 2013 (foreground)

SCHEME II, 2013 (FOREGROUND)
Hollow plaster blocks
38.2 x 99.7 x 294.7 cm
RETREAT III, 2013 (background)
Hollow plaster blocks
73.5 x 112.5 x 93 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

PLACE, 2013

PLACE, 2013
5 mm square section stainless steel bar
225 x 78 x 63.5 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

COURSE, 2010

COURSE, 2010
12 mm square section mild steel bar
384 x 67.2 x 80.4 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

REST IV, 2013

REST IV, 2013
Cast iron
145.2 x 325.1 x 249.6 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

REST, 2012

REST, 2012
Hollow plaster blocks
88 x 182.5 x 103.5 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich

METER, 2013

METER, 2013
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

A GIVEN MEAN IX, 2013; SMALL GUT, 2013; SMALL CATCH, 2013

A GIVEN MEAN IX, 2013; SMALL GUT, 2013; SMALL CATCH, 2013
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

NET, 2013; REST, 2012; MANIFOLD, 2013

NET, 2013; REST, 2012; MANIFOLD, 2013
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

METER, 2013

METER, 2013
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

METER, 2013

METER, 2013
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

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