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Antony Gormley: Co-ordinate

Art | July 24, 2017 |

Antony Gormley: Co-ordinateImage courtesy of Galleria Continua

Antony Gormley: Co-ordinate
Galleria Continua, San Gimignano
From 13 May to 28 August 2017

 

Galleria Continua is pleased to present Co-ordinate, a new solo show by Antony Gormley, one of the most prominent artists of his generation. This show is conceived as a foil to the sculptures presented in Gormley’s last exhibition in Italy – Human at the Forte Belvedere in Florence (2015) – when 103 solid iron body forms were placed in a historic environment.

 

Antony Gormley: Co-ordinateImage courtesy of Galleria Continua

 

Gormley has brought the body back to sculpture as place rather than object; as the locus of experience rather than as an object of representation. Using his own body as subject, instrument and material, the artist explores spatial relationships between human beings and their environment, conducting an on-going investigation of the body as a site of memory and of transformation.

 

Antony Gormley: Co-ordinateImage courtesy of Galleria Continua

 

Co-ordinate brings together a series of works that consider the linear mapping of space: internal, perceptual and architectural. The exhibition takes its title from the coordination of mind and body in the everyday act of walking. Co-ordinate (2017), is the first encountered at the gallery and its two stretched steel bars are diagnostic tools against whose absolute geometry the viewer is invited to measure herself.

 

Antony Gormley: Co-ordinateImage courtesy of Galleria Continua

 

Throughout the show the mapping of body and space interrogates both architecture and our own moving state. The exhibition’s principle work, Lost Horizon II (2017), foregrounds the co-ordination of all perceptions in the negotiation of an environment. The installation uses 21 kilometres of silk-wrapped bungee to make an interactive zone, inviting physical exploration and allowing the viewer to become the viewed. In negotiating Lost Horizon’s forest of over 4000 vertical, taut silk lines, the viewer’s  eld of vision becomes confused. Their passage becomes a willed movement through a space that both resists and remembers the trajectory of the journey, each visitor leaving a trace of vibrations lasting many minutes after their journey has ended. The varied thickness of the bungees confuse the distinctions between foreground, midground and distance, producing an optical field that, like Matrix (2014), is impossible to bring into focus. This gives rise to feelings of dislocation and vertigo in the viewer.

 

Antony Gormley: Co-ordinateImage courtesy of Galleria Continua

 

Using the full variety of spaces offered by the gallery, the exhibition continues with different linear works that attempt an objective mapping of subjective space. An early example of body mapping, Into The Light (1986-7), is a hollow lead body case whose surface is divided by the same intersecting vertical and horizontals found in Co-ordinate. Other later examples, as in Scaffold IV (2017), develop this language to form three dimensional maps of total body volumes. At the rear of the theatre can be found ‘Liners’, drawn sculptures that evolve the mapping further, treating human space as a connective energy system. 

 

Antony Gormley: Co-ordinateImage courtesy of Galleria Continua

 

Here, in San Gimignano, the artist attempts to make a physical and psychological environment in which space as experience is the subject. In the artist’s words, “proprioception replaces representation”. Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. His work has developed the potential opened up by sculpture since the 1960s through a critical engagement with both his own body and those of others in a way that confronts fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos. Gormley continually tries to identify the space of art as a place of becoming in which new behaviours, thoughts and feelings can arise.

 

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