Antony Gormley

CLEARING, 2004 - 2020

Viewed from the entrance to the gallery, CLEARING appears as a chaotic explosion of line. Though the work has almost no mass, it takes on the full expanse of the room. Over seven kilometres of thin, flexible square section aluminium tube, a length without beginning or end, it presses in arcs and loops against the confines of the space. It seems to speak a different, contradictory language to the gallery's formal architecture, yet its form remains defined, its energy contained and trapped by the floor, ceiling and walls. And still it acts against the simple right-angled geometry of the space, defying the rules of perspective that allow a measure of distance, ordered recession, a vanishing point. There is no focal point here: CLEARING is a dynamic field of visible energy, a shifting interplay of dark and reflected light. It has often been described as a 'drawing in space'; Gormley has spoken of it as 'a nest, a trap, to ensnare the viewer'.

CLEARING draws you into its skeletal caverns, offering the possibility of a path, a passage through its field that involves an effort of the whole body as you push past or step through, parting the swaying coils that tremble to the touch and clank as they meet or separate, setting off a resonance that travels along the line. Entangled, your body becomes part of the work, you feel it, and others see it as such, whether they're in there with you or outside, viewing you from the entrance.

Martin Caiger Smith, excerpt from the exhibition catalogue Antony Gormley, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2019, p.100

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CLEARING I

CLEARING I, 2004
10 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, Dimensions variable
Installation view, White Cube, London, 2004
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CLEARING I

CLEARING I, 2004
10 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, Dimensions variable
Installation view, White Cube, London, 2004
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CLEARING I

CLEARING I, 2004
10 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, Dimensions variable
Installation view, White Cube, London, 2004
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CLEARING I

CLEARING I, 2004
10 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, Dimensions variable
Installation view, White Cube, London, 2004
Photograph by Stephen White, London

CLEARING II

CLEARING II, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden

CLEARING II

CLEARING II, 2004
12 km of 12.70mm x 12.70mm 160swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden, 2004

CLEARING II

CLEARING II, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden, 2004

CLEARING II

CLEARING II, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden, 2004

CLEARING II

CLEARING II, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden, 2004

CLEARING II

CLEARING II, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden, 2004

CLEARING II

CLEARING II, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden, 2004

CLEARING II

CLEARING II, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umea, Sweden, 2004

CLEARING III

CLEARING III, 2004
2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany, 2004
Photograph by Gunter Lepkowski

CLEARING III

CLEARING III, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany, 2004
Photograph by Gunter Lepkowski

CLEARING III

CLEARING III, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany, 2004
Photograph by Gunter Lepkowski

CLEARING III

CLEARING III, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany, 2004
Photograph by Gunter Lepkowski

CLEARING III

CLEARING III, 2004
2004
12 km of 12.7mm x 12.7mm 16swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
Photograph by Gunter Lepkowski

CLEARING III

CLEARING III, 2004
2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany, 2004
Photograph by Gunter Lepkowski

CLEARING III

CLEARING III, 2004
12 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany, 2004
Photograph by Gunter Lepkowski

CLEARING IV

CLEARING IV, 2004
6 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA, 2005
Photograph by Stephen P Harris

CLEARING IV

CLEARING IV, 2004
6 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA, 2005
Photograph by Stephen P Harris

CLEARING IV

CLEARING IV, 2004
6 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Photograph by Stephen P Harris

CLEARING IV

CLEARING IV, 2004
6 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA, 2005
Photograph by Stephen P Harris

CLEARING IV

CLEARING IV, 2004
6 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA, 2005
Photograph by Stephen P Harris

CLEARING V

CLEARING V, 2004
11 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, 2009
Photograph by Markus Tretter

CLEARING V

CLEARING V, 2004
11 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, 2009
Photograph by Markus Tretter

CLEARING V

CLEARING V, 2004
11 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, 2009
Photograph by Markus Tretter

CLEARING V

CLEARING V, 2004
11 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, 2009
Photograph by Markus Tretter

CLEARING V

CLEARING V, 2004
11 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, dimensions variable
Installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, 2009
Photograph by Markus Tretter

CLEARING VI

CLEARING VI, 2004
approx 8 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, 340 x 1530 x 710 cm
Installation view, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, 2010
Photograph by Valentina Muscedra, Florence

CLEARING VI

CLEARING VI, 2004
approx 8 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, 340 x 1530 x 710 cm
Installation view, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, 2010
Photograph by Valentina Muscedra, Florence

CLEARING VI

CLEARING VI, 2004
approx 8 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, 340 x 1530 x 710 cm
Installation view, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, 2010
Photograph by Valentina Muscedra, Florence

CLEARING VI

CLEARING VI, 2004
approx 8 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, 340 x 1530 x 710 cm
Installation view, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, 2010
Photograph by Valentina Muscedra, Florence

CLEARING VI

CLEARING VI, 2004
approx 8 km of 12.7 mm x 12.7 mm 16 swg aluminium tube, 340 x 1530 x 710 cm
Installation view, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence, 2010
Photograph by Valentina Muscedra, Florence

CLEARING VII, 2019

CLEARING VII, 2019
12.7 mm square section 16 swg aluminium tube
Dimensions variable
Installation view, Royal Academy, 2019
© the artist
Photograph by Oak Taylor-Smith

ANTONY GORMLEY, 2019

ANTONY GORMLEY, 2019
Installation View, Royal Academy, 2019
© the artist
Photograph by Oak Taylor-Smith

NEW YORK CLEARING, 2020

NEW YORK CLEARING, 2020
Approximately 18km (11mi) of 25.4mm (1in) square section aluminium and steel spigots
Installation view, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3, New York City, 2020
Photograph by Christopher Burke.
© the artist

CCCS Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, 2010CCCS Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, 2010 Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2009Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2009 Sean Kelly Gallery, 2005Sean Kelly Gallery, 2005 Galerie Nordenhake, 2004Galerie Nordenhake, 2004 White Cube, 2004White Cube, 2004