Antony Gormley

SLABWORKS, 2014 - 2019

After the evolution of the work into the MASSIVE BLOCKWORKS, I wanted to confound their size by making the works as precarious as possible. On the one hand making a kind of 'house of cards' that replicates the fragility of a temporary balanced structure, while on the other, referencing the three stone arches of Stonehenge or other megalithic structures.

The first SLABWORKS were made in response to a commission for seven works for Pilane, an early burial site on the Baltic Sea in Southern Sweden, with open heathland and views of the ocean hunkered under vast, open skies.

The works were first made in gas-cut Corten steel slabs, assembled each time from separate elements, where the provisional relationship of balance between blocks could be felt as well as seen.

The work has continued in single castings that reference the stacking, propping and cantilever of the Corten slabs, now cast in one piece.

The emotional language of the SLABWORKS continues that of the BLOCKWORKS. Twists of 90 degrees from toe to head contrast gestalts of internalised mourning or loss with eager outward-looking body forms relating to distant horizons.

Scale in these works is used to make us aware of our own scale rather than as an exercise in monumentality or power politics.

As in much of the work, the relationship with architecture and the built environment conflates the containment of the body with the feeling and thought that the body contains.

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REVEAL, 2015

REVEAL, 2015
Cast iron
63.5 x 112 x 77.5 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

ALERT, 2015

ALERT, 2015
Cast iron
101 x 45 x 65 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

POSE II, 2015

POSE II, 2015
Cast iron
127.5 x 225 x 155 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

POSE, 2016

POSE, 2016
140 mm Corten steel slab
128.7 x 156.5 x 224 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

LOOK, 2016

LOOK, 2016
140 mm Corten steel slab
380.6 x 90.3 x 65.9 cm
Photograph by Stephen White, London

LAY, 2016

LAY, 2016
140 mm Corten steel slab
66.2 x 377.2 x 74 cm
Photo © White Cube (Ben Westoby)

RESORT V, 2019

RESORT V, 2019
80 mm weathering steel slab
36.2 x 227.3 x 48.4 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.
© the artist

LEAN, 2019

LEAN, 2019
90 mm weathering steel slab
174.6 x 63.9 x 35.8 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.
© the artist

BORDER VII, 2019

BORDER VII, 2019
90 mm weathering steel slab
204.7 x 29.7 x 49 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.
© the artist

TUCK, 2019

TUCK, 2019
90 mm weathering steel slab
68.5 x 94 x 52 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.
© the artist

PLEAT II, 2019

PLEAT II, 2019
90 mm weathering steel slab
44 x 203.5 x 34.7 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.

STACK, 2019

STACK, 2019
90 mm weathering steel slab
72 x 151 x 47 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.

LIE, 2019

LIE, 2019
80 mm weathering steel slab
27 x 210.1 x 43.5 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.

FOLD, 2019

FOLD, 2019
80 mm weathering steel slab
39.9 x 117.5 x 85.2 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.

STOP II, 2019

STOP II, 2019
90 mm weathering steel slab
51.7 x 95.8 x 47.9 cm
Installation view, Royal Acadmey of Arts, London, 2019
Photograph by Oak Taylor-Smith

 STOP II, 2019

STOP II, 2019
90 mm weathering steel slab
51.7 x 95.8 x 47.9 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.

PROP, 2019

PROP, 2019
80 mm weathering steel slab
56.1 x 143.9 x 83.6 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.

SETTLE, 2019

SETTLE, 2019
90 mm weathering steel slab
30.8 x 190.5 x 72.6 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.

CORNER V, 2019

CORNER V, 2019
90 mm weathering steel slab
83.1 x 43.6 x 63 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.

SLUMP, 2019

SLUMP, 2019
Antony Gormley
AG 4462
90 mm weathering steel slab
88.2 x 139.4 x 46.5 cm
589 Kg
© the artist

LAY II, 2019

LAY II, 2019
90 mm weathering steel slab
36.3 x 206.9 x 40.7 cm
Photograph by Stephen White & Co.