30th November – 21st December 2007
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Over the last 25 years Antony Gormley has taken a conceptual approach to the human image in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation, using his own body as subject, tool and material.
The Block Works use a mounting cannon of 6 sizes of steel blocks and the absolute geometry of architecture to evoke the internal state of the body beneath the skin. Each block has a unique position in the composition of tightly packed body forms that evoke a lived moment of internal tension which activate the room in which they are placed.
The sculptures in this exhibition depart from the often symmetrical and hieratic bodies at rest that have characterised Gormley’s work to date. The forms twist, turn or fold about their own axes and in spite of the sharp material clarity of the steel blocks, betray a sense of vulnerability and exposure.