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This month, instead
of addressing the ISC membership myself, I want to pass along some responses
by artist members of the ISC Board of Directors to the wonderful presentation
by Antony Gormley at the recent ISC Fall Sculpture Symposium in New Orleans.
Rob Fisher: Antony Gormleys concerns about the connection between
inside and outside of the body, between physical and mental perceptions
of existence, were provocative and clearly presented. But what was so
stunning was the manner in which he ultimately sculpted this concept into
an evolving series of figures that progressed on a path from closed to
open shells cast from his own body, ending with superb welded linear constructions
that filled the voids of the molds with darting lines that reminded me
of scientific experiments revealing the paths of electrons. Some of these
constructivist figures seemed like they were exploding with energy out
into the universe. They dissolved matter into energy in an apparition
that evoked precisely what he was striving toward, the unification of
inside. The distance was one of the most breathtaking images I have ever
Richard Heinrich: Gormley confessed to not having all the answers and
being affected by fear during his development and continuing career. This
was quite refreshing.
Robert Michael Smith: I was exceptionally moved by the aesthetic evolution
in Gormleys work over the past two decades. His newest work is ethereal
and spiritually elevated. I was most impressed by his installation at
the Baltic, which exposes the subatomic/photonic structure underlying
all matter and reveals each individual within the mass form that links
universal consciousness. His work has evolved from the hard, heavy façade
of the leaden body to the lightness of being that underlies every body.
Bruce Beasley: This marvelous sculptor gave the audience an in-depth view
into his process and approach to making art. He communicates verbally
as well as his work communicates visually.
Laura Thorne: Gormleys keynote address was both visually and verbally
provocative. His anonymous yet universal figures take classic figuration
to a new level, exploring issues of inner and outer being, time and space.
His presentation gave insight into the creating of the physical sculpture
as well as the concepts behind the pieces. It was a great way to start
the conference, filling us with ideas and visuals to ponder and discuss.
Lin Emery: Gormleys beautifully articulated presentation was a prime
example of how one sculptors search and
discovery can affect a whole group of other sculptors. His descriptions
of the paths he explored and the means he developed to realize his ideas
became guidelines for all of us. In the same way, at earlier conferences,
Isamu Noguchi inspired and instructed a whole generation. For me, this
represents the meaning and purpose of ISC conferences.
I could not agree more. The next ISC conference will be in Cincinnati,
June 911, 2005, and I hope you will make your plans now to be there
with us. In the next two issues of Sculpture we will be announcing the
slate of speakers for the conference, and I promise you many more inspiring
and memorable presentations like what we experienced in New Orleans and
at so many other ISC-sponsored events. Join us and be a part of
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors
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