New York: Art – Sean Kelly – Antony Gormely – Construct. At the Sean Kelly gallery, Construct, until June 18, a major one-person exhibition of new and key early works by world-renowned artist Antony Gormley. Acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space, Gormley’s engages the grid to evoke the experience of inhabiting a human body at “the other side of appearance.”
Above. a life-size work from Gormley’s series of ‘Bodycases' - Bridge - 1985. Gormley sees Bridge as an objective mapping of the subjective space of the human body. The visible soldering lines on its surface form clear horizontal and vertical axes: the body is treated as the location of physical and spatial experience.
Antony Gormley – Scaffold - 2015
A recent work in which Gormley has translated the grid of horizontal and vertical lines of Bridge into a freestanding, three-dimensional mapping of the internal volumes of the body.
Antony Gormley – Big Beamer
The Big Beamer series deconstructs and reassembles the interior volume of the body through interlocking steel beams that run in all three axes. Created at one-and-a-half-times life-size, they represent a body in five unstable moments of rest—from crouching to fully erect. In spite of their grand scale, the works remain remarkably playful.
Antony Gormley – Stretched Blockworks
These works continue the artist’s engagement with the massive volumes of architecture by using rectangular iron blocks to translate body space into mass. Unlike the ‘Big Beamers,’ these volumes are stretched along a single axis to echo the forms of classic New York high-rises of the early twentieth century.
Jay Joplin and Tracey Emin