Antony Gormley

GRID, 2016

Early on, I wanted the drawings to be palpable. I used blood, milk, semen: all substances that are to do with life and that have their own colour and their own way of behaving. Since 2016 I have also begun using crude oil as a medium: the stored energy of millions of years of photosynthetic life on this earth. 

Traces and stains are as important as symbols or definitions. Blood draws itself. As Leonardo da Vinci said, just look at the damp stains on the wall and you will see a picture of the world and how it works. I believe that.

The GRID drawings began in relation to grids drawn in pencil but then became increasingly free. A play then evolved between the determinism of the grid and the intrinsic un-conformism of the hand. As in handwriting, where a letter form is interpreted, so too here is the grid. This mutation and the inherent blurring or fugitive quality of the oil's penetration and suffusion into the fibres of the paper, allow the rigidity of the grid to become expressive.

The GRID drawings relate specifically to the GRID WORKS (2014-18), the sculpture series where, as Rebecca Comay explains, 'the body has dissolved into the grid: it has become nothing but a three-dimensional Cartesian diagram of itself. The grid no longer adheres to the surface of the body but rather occupies the entire volume of the body. There is no body - only the vestigial co-ordinates of a body that has been abbreviated to its minimal internal geometry.'

See Rebecca Comay, 'Extreme Measures', in FIT, White Cube Bermondsey, London, 2016, p. 107.

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MEAN, 2016

MEAN, 2016
Crude oil and graphite on paper
38.1 x 28 cm

MEAN IV, 2016

MEAN IV, 2016
Crude oil and graphite on paper
38 x 27.7 cm

MEAN VII, 2016

MEAN VII, 2016
Crude oil on paper
38.2 x 28.1 cm

REGISTER III, 2016

REGISTER III, 2016
Crude oil on paper
17 x 12 cm

REGISTER V, 2016

REGISTER V, 2016
Crude oil on paper
19.5 x 14.5 cm

REGISTER IV, 2016

REGISTER IV, 2016
Crude oil on paper
20 x 14 cm

REGISTER VI, 2016

REGISTER VI, 2016
Crude oil on paper
19.5 x 14 cm

MEAN VI, 2016

MEAN VI, 2016
Crude oil on paper
38.2 x 28 cm

MEAN XI, 2016

MEAN XI, 2016
Crude oil on paper
19.1 x 14 cm