Antony Gormley

STACK BLOCKWORKS, 2019

'Stack' works are massive, one and a half life-size sculptures built from solid cast iron blocks that each weigh between 11 and 700 hundred kilos. The component parts are loose and use dead weight as a principle of construction; it is the subtle inflection of how one block takes the load from another that suggests the attitudes of repose, lamentation or alertness of the whole. Freshly unearthed from foundry sand, the blocks have the appearance of stone in their organic, silvered surfaces. Evoking the idea of the column, Gormley sees them as 'reverse caryatids', sculpted figures that served as architectural pillars in the ancient world, but rather than offering reinforcement these 'Stacks' lean on the walls for support.

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BATTEN, 2019

BATTEN, 2019
Cast iron
286.6 x 61.8 x 42.2 cm (13 blocks)
Installation view, White Cube Masons Yard, 2019
Photograph by Oak Taylor-Smith
© the artist

LEAVE, 2019

LEAVE, 2019
Cast iron
275.3 x 61.6 x 65.8 cm (10 blocks)
Installation view, White Cube Masons Yard, 2019
© the artist
Photograph © White Cube (Theo Christelis)

LEAVE, 2019

LEAVE, 2019
Cast iron
275.3 x 61.6 x 65.8 cm (10 blocks)
Installation view, White Cube Masons Yard, 2019
© the artist
Photograph by Oak Taylor-Smith

SLACK, 2019

SLACK, 2019
Cast iron
295.2 x 65.1 x 40.1 cm (15 blocks)
Installation view, White Cube Masons Yard, 2019
© the artist
Photograph © White Cube (Theo Christelis)

SLACK, 2019

SLACK, 2019
Cast iron
295.2 x 65.1 x 40.1 cm (15 blocks)
Installation view, White Cube Masons Yard, 2019
© the artist

BRACE, 2019

BRACE, 2019
BRACE, 2019
Cast iron
285.6 x 69.1 x 67.1 cm (11 blocks)
© the artist