Sculptor Gormley wants us to get inside his head

Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:07am EST
 

By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's foremost living sculptor Antony Gormley wants us to get inside his head with his latest work "Model", a 100-tonne steel maze of cubes and squares, dark corners and splashes of light on show at the White Cube gallery in London.

The giant grey-black work, based on a human form lying down, is entered via the right "foot", and combines the fun of an adventure playground with the unnerving quality of a labyrinth often plunged into darkness.

For the first time, the Turner Prize-winning artist who has always been preoccupied with the human form allows us to get inside, and draws parallels between the body and the architectural spaces we inhabit.

"I think we dwell first in this borrowed bit of the material world that we call the body," Gormley told Reuters, standing beside the imposing structure made up of interlocking blocks.

"It has its own life that is unknowable. But the second place we dwell is the body of architecture, the built environment," he added.

"We're the most extraordinary species that decided to structure our habitat according to very, very abstract principles of horizontal and vertical planes."

Model has plenty of surprises. The more nimble visitor can crawl through its left "arm", which is a passage around three feet high, or clamber on to a roof bathed in light.

"There are places that you wouldn't necessarily know are there," Gormley said. As if to prove his point, he disappeared into a large raised "aperture" invisible in the darkness.   Continued...

 
British artist Antony Gormley poses for a photograph on his sculpture 'Model' at a White Cube gallery in London November 27, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth