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Being the Void: A Conversation with Antony Gormley
by Karlyn De Jongh


Antony Gormley understands the human body as a place of memory and transformation. Most of his early works are based on the process of casting his own body, which functions as subject, tool, and material. His more recent works deal with the body in abstracted or indirect ways and are concerned with the human condition. These large-scale works explore the collective body and the relationship between self and other, mediating between individual and collective, containment and extension, what can be seen and what can be sensed. Making unexpected connections across ideas and disciplines, these works have moved the domain of figural sculpture beyond the confines of the physical body to include interaction with the surrounding world, whether that be the matrix of community, space and energy, memory, or built form. Gormley’s objects and installations test the limits and syntax of sculptural expression, calling for ever greater participation and engagement in the service of human freedom—a goal that he took to new heights in One & Other, on London’s Fourth Plinth. Sean Kelly Gallery in New York is hosting a solo show of Gormley’s work (March 26–May 1) to coincide with the installation of Event Horizon in and around Madison Square Park, March 26–August 15.

One & Other, 2009.
Fourth Plinth Commission, Trafalgar Sqaure, London.


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