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Galleria Continua
San Gimignano
Beijing
Les Moulins
Habana
Roma

ANTONY GORMLEY

Galleria Continua is pleased to open this viewing room of a selection of works that reflect Antony Gormley’s dedication to investigating the relationship of the human body to space. The artworks included in this virtual presentation consider such concepts as: the translation of volumes of the body into cubic frames or structures, replacing anatomy with architectonic volumes, and using the medium of etching to represent exterior and interior space in relation to the body and the abstraction into other potential forms that this can provoke.


BODY AND SOUL

1990

Etching on 300 gsm Somerset TP Textured paper

50 x 58,1 cm each

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These are the first etchings made by Antony Gormley. He explores the drawn body not as a complete entity but as a series of separate pieces. Each plate has been etched with separate impressions from 9 extremities of the body – the 5 main orifices, the hands, knees, forehead and spine. To the viewer the impressions can resemble other forms, natural or otherwise. The exterior and interior spaces of the body are brought together and the etchings communicate the intrinsic unity and division to be found there; single focal points like the mouth, the navel or the penis that position themselves on the central body axis are contrasted with body parts that work in pairs, like the hands and eyes. The act of printing is an action that encourages the artist to think about the mirror of the image, the reversal of negatives and positives that links to the oppositions to be found in the body itself.

MEAN II

2013

Cast iron

40,5 x 102,5 x 67 cm

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From the series CUBE WORKS 2012 – 2018, which was a result of Antony Gormley’s interest in the ways in which iron pyrite, or fool’s gold, forms in natural geological contexts, MEAN II is a representation of experimentation with off-set cubes in the form of body masses. A body at rest form of this series of works, this work has lost its orthogonal properties to the point of forming abstract matrices.

MEAN IV

2013

Cast iron

35 x 102 x 78 cm

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From the series CUBE WORKS 2012 – 2018 the lying figure, in this work and in other lying bodies of the series, questions the human dependency on habitat. The shift into these cube works was inspired by the ways in which iron pyrite forms in natural geology. These off-set cubes form bodies that lose their orthogonality until forming into an abstract matrix.

SPACE STATION MODEL II

2007

Cast iron

55 x 75 x 85 cm

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The CAST BLOCKWORKS arise from a consolidation of the relationship between mass and space. CAST BLOCKWORKS replace the anatomy of the body with architectonic volumes using processes of amassing, cantilever and balancing to achieve a structure that is simultaneously dynamic and steady. The blocks are robust, often occupying space beyond the “skin”, which heightens the emotional yield of the work, emphasizing tensions and feelings.