About the Artwork

This is one of Gormley’s first castings in iron and indicates an objectified space, subject to gravity and to atmospheric pressure. These two exclusive, heavy, void, hermetic vessels are a foil to the flow of human bodies on the street.

Year: 1990


Copyright the artist Courtesy of White Cube Photo: © Robb Mcrae

Material

cast iron

Dimensions

192 x 46 x 35 cm each

Artist Biography

Anthony Gormley

Antony Gormley has over the past 25 years revitalised the human form in sculpture through a radical investigation of the body as a place of memory and transformation. ‘I am interested in the body’, he says, ‘because it is the place where emotions are most directly registered. When you feel frightened, when you feel excited, happy, depressed somehow the body registers it.’ Gormley has explored the relationship between the individual and the community in large-scale installations such as Allotment (1997), Domain Field (2003) and Another Place (2005). Angel of the North (1995/98), one of his most celebrated works, is a landmark in contemporary British sculpture. Field (1994), an installation of hundreds or thousands of small clay figures sculpted by the local population, has been enacted in various locations throughout the world, involving local communities across four continents. ‘Sculpture is an act of faith in life, in its continuity’, comments Gormley. ‘We all do things like this; we have a stone that we keep in our pocket which is a guarantee of life's continuity and it has to do with hoping that things will work out, that life will be okay.’ Antony Gormley was born in 1950 in London, England, where he lives and works. He has participated in major group exhibitions including the International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara (2008 and 2010); the Sydney Biennale (2006); Documenta VIII, Kassel,Germany (1987) the Venice Biennale (1982 and 1986). Solo exhibitions include Middelheim Museum, Antwerp (2013); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio di Janeiro and Brasilia (2012); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2012); State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2010) Artium, Valencia (2009); Kunsthall Rotterdam, Musée d’Art Moderne De Saint-Etienne Metropole and MARCO, Monterrey (2008); Hayward Gallery, London (2007); MADRE, Naples (2006), Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2004); Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2003) and the National History Museum, Beijing, China (2003). He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994 and made an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1997. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has been a Royal Academician since 2003.