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The body of Antony Gormley - in cast form - can currently be found standing on 31 rooftops in London. Gormley's body of work focuses on the body and his body in particular. One of his latest outdoor installations "Event Horizon" is a public art commission which presents presents life sized sculptural casts of the artist's body on rooftops and public walkways across central London. At the same time his work can be seen at "Blind Light" an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery (Thursday 17 May 2007 - Sunday 19 August 2007) which is the major showing in London of his work. "Blind Light" a book about his work has been published by Cornerhouse (ISBN 9781853322587). Channel 4 also aired "Making Space", a new documentary about Gormley and his work last week which discusses why and how Gormley makes his work. Gormley is simply everywhere!
If you want any more Gormley, you can also hear him discussing his work in conversation with Will Self on the 24th July at the Purcell Room in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Note - tickets for the first four days of the exhibition sold out and this will too if it hasn't already.
"Blind Light" is a chamber filled with a cloud. It's the equivalent of being on top of a mountain in cloud and is disorientating. You can see something of what "Blind Light" is like here. Those who enter become themselves subject matter viewed by others.
The exhibition features a series of brand new monumental works specially conceived for The Hayward’s distinctive spaces, including one of the largest ever urban public art commissions, Event Horizon, which features sculptural casts of the artist’s body on rooftops and public walkways across central London, dramatically transforming the city skyline. These new works, including a spectacular series of suspended figures created in light-infused webs of steel, are shown alongside a selection of works from the last three decades. ("Blind Light" - introduction on Southbank Centre website)
For those of you who'd like to find out a bit more about his work, here are some links:
- Antony Gormley website
- Tate Gallery - Resources for Teachers: Some of the Facts (pdf file)
- Axis web - full CV - check the collections and exhibitions!
- Hayward Gallery - Antony Gormley "Blind Light" Ticket prices, opening hours and admission information The Hayward Gallery is part of the Southbank Centre and lies between the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Festival Hall.
- White Cube: Antony Gormley
- BBC: Antony Gormley in pictures
- "Antony's Army" Adrian Searle, The Guardian 17th May 2007
- BBC Liverpool: Antony Gormey @ Crosby Beach ("Another Place" comprises similar life sized casts standing on Crosby Beach and covered by the tide each day. Decisions about whether or not the installation would be allowed to stay interjected into the process of creating his latest works now on show - and formed part of the BBC documentary. It's now been agreed the installation should be made permanent after lobbying from locals.) The link includes access to an audio interview with Antony Gormley. Judging by the number of photos linked to Antony Gormley this work is obviously a very popular installation to photograph.
Another Place is a massive installation on Crosby Beach that consists of 100 cast-iron figures, moulded from the artists own body in the style that has become synonymous with his work. The ghostly life-size figures are dotted along three kilometres of the Crosby shore, sparse in some areas and getting more congregated as they reach the sea front, so onlookers can catch the detail of those near and the shadow of sculptures in the distance out to sea in one eyeful. (BBC Liverpool)
- Interviews with Gormley
- Channel 4: "Making Space" - I found this documentary fascinating. He's an intelligent artist and an articulate man with some clear concepts about his art and public art generally. Beeban Kidron - the film-maker discusses making the film at the Hayward Gallery tomorrow night.
- an audio interview with Edward Lucie Smith in 1989 - extracts on BBC radio
- "Leader of the Pack" The Guardian 25 June 200 - provides an overview of Gormley and his career to that date
- Interviews with Antony Gormley - on his website
Art is the means by which we communicate what it feels like to be alive - in the past that was mixed up with other illustrative duties but that was still its central function that has been liberated in the art called modern. Art is not necessarily good for you or about communicating "good things". (Anthony Gormley)Technorati tags: antony gormley, art, plein air, public art, sculpture