Antony Gormley

BODY AND LIGHT, 1990 - 1996

As Gormley found himself increasingly on the move, he resorted to small sheets of Somerset Weave torn into sixteenths for greater portability. The black pigment and casein was now dispersed in water to create a washed effect, similar to watercolour. Some of the finely outlined images from 1994 unusually employ pen as well as brush. Most of the drawings were made in the Lake District, at a house on Coniston Water which the Gormley's have visited regularly since 1984. Like the Ardpatrick images, some are redolent of specific places; here the garden, trees, barn and fields surrounding the house. This time the landscape is sensed at night with the nocturnal growth patterns of plants graphically imagined. Other sequences evoke the sensation of floating, diving or swimming through the depths of Coniston Water. In this important series, light now plays a major role, acting as 'mirror' in relation to 'the weight of the ground or body'. The water-dispersed medium allows for greater fluidity and an accompanying sense of illusionism. The style freely veers from the flat or 'diagrammatic' to the 'participatory/romantic', as the graphic, principally black and white, nature of drawing is investigated and its 'almost limitless possibilities' celebrated. Just as depth is explored, so also is the notion of 'going places in the drawing which are not possible in life or sculpture - outer space or deep water'. This delving into depth also allows for imaginative penetration into macroscopic or microscopic.

Text by Anna Moszynska, from ANTONY GORMLEY DRAWING, Published by The British Museum Press, 2002

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BODY AND LIGHT, 1990

BODY AND LIGHT, 1990
Carbon and casein on paper
15 x 21.5 cm

BOABAB, 1991

BOABAB, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
12 x 17.5 cm

COSY PLACE II, 1991

COSY PLACE II, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
14.5 x 19.5 cm

DOME, 1991

DOME, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
12.5 x 17.5 cm

HOST, 1991

HOST, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19.5 cm

HOVER, 1991

HOVER, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19.5 cm

INLET, 1991

INLET, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
12.5 x 17.5 cm

LIGHT PASSAGE, 1991

LIGHT PASSAGE, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

LINK, 1991

LINK, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
13 x 17 cm

LUNAR OSMOSIS, 1991

LUNAR OSMOSIS, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

STRETCH II, 1991

STRETCH II, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

STRETCH IV, 1991

STRETCH IV, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
12 x 19 cm

SUBCUTANEOUS FORM, 1991

SUBCUTANEOUS FORM, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
18 x 12.5 cm

VECTOR, 1991

VECTOR, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
13 x 17.5 cm

WHERE THE SPECIES CAME FROM, 1991

WHERE THE SPECIES CAME FROM, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 20 cm

BAR ONE, 1992

BAR ONE, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19.5 cm

BRAIN WAVE, 1992

BRAIN WAVE, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14.5 x 19.5 cm

DESCENT, 1992

DESCENT, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19.5 cm

EAVE, 1992

EAVE, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

ELECT, 1992

ELECT, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

FLOAT II, 1992

FLOAT II, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

NIGHT GROWTH, 1992

NIGHT GROWTH, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

PURSE, 1992

PURSE, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

SPLINT

SPLINT, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19.5 cm

THROUGH, 1992

THROUGH, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14.5 x 19.5 cm

BRAIN FIELD IV

BRAIN FIELD IV, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
19 x 14 cm

HOLD II, 1993

HOLD II, 1993
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

IMMERSION, 1993

IMMERSION, 1993
Carbon and casein on paper
28 x 19 cm

SENSE, 1993

SENSE, 1993
Carbon and casein on paper
19 x 28 cm

SLEEP, 1993

SLEEP, 1993
Carbon and casein on paper
19.5 x 28.5 cm

ATTENDANT, 1994

ATTENDANT, 1994
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19.5 cm

CORRESPONDENCE, 1994

CORRESPONDENCE, 1994
Carbon and casein on paper
19.5 x 14 cm

NERVE (DIPTYCH), 1994

NERVE (DIPTYCH), 1994
Carbon and casein on paper
19 x 14 cm

OVER NORDLAND, 1994

OVER NORDLAND, 1994
Carbon and casein on paper
14.5 x 20 cm

RIM, 1994

RIM, 1994
Carbon and casein on paper
19.5 x 14 cm

CONSIDERED, 1994

CONSIDERED, 1994
Carbon and casein on paper
13.5 x 19 cm

33 ATMOSPHERES I, 1995

33 ATMOSPHERES I, 1995
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

33 ATMOSPHERES III, 1995

33 ATMOSPHERES III, 1995
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

HOME OF THE HEART I, 1995

HOME OF THE HEART I, 1995
Carbon and casein on paper
14.5 x 19 cm

COURT, 1996

COURT, 1996
Carbon and casein on paper
14.5 x 19.5 cm

DEAD SEA (NIGHT), 1996

DEAD SEA (NIGHT), 1996
Carbon and casein on paper
19 x 13.5 cm

LOST, 1996

LOST, 1996
Carbon and casein on paper
20 x 14 cm

STRUCTURE/ROAD, 1996

STRUCTURE/ROAD, 1996
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 18.5 cm

NEW TERRITORY, 1996

NEW TERRITORY, 1996
Pigment on paper
14.5 x 19 cm

CONCEPTION, 1991

CONCEPTION, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

Open Window, 1991

OPEN WINDOW, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
12.5 x 17.5 cm

GAP, 1991

GAP, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
14.3 x 19 cm

Plug, 1991

PLUG, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
12 x 17 cm

OLD HOME, 1994

OLD HOME, 1994
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19.1 cm

CHAMBER, 1995

CHAMBER, 1995
Carbon and casein on paper
19 x 14 cm

TO, 1991

TO, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
12.5 x 17 cm

Structure III, 1996

STRUCTURE III, 1996
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

Eye Berth, 1991

EYE BERTH, 1991
Carbon and casein on paper
17.5 x 12.5 cm

Brink, 1992

BRINK, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
19 x 14 cm

SPLINT, 1992

SPLINT, 1992
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19.5 cm

BRAIN FIELD IV, 1993

BRAIN FIELD IV, 1993
Carbon and casein on paper
19 x 14 cm

Sovereign State VIII, 1993

SOVEREIGN STATE VIII, 1993
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm

FLESH, 1995

FLESH, 1995
Carbon and casein on paper
12.5 x 18 cm

From Below, 1996

FROM BELOW, 1996
Carbon and casein on paper
19 x 14 cm

Hand Over Water, 1996

HAND OVER WATER, 1996
Carbon and casein on paper
14 x 19 cm