Antony Gormley

BREATHING ROOM, 2006 - 2012

BREATHING ROOM was an attempt to make a three-dimensional drawing in space that was both a diagram and a thing.

It is an instrument that allows the viewers to become the viewed by creating an interpenetrating nest of seven space frames that occupy a central position in the room.

The volume outlined by the frame remains constant whilst being extended in each case on a different axis. A mandala-like drawing on the floor forms the groundplan from which the seven rooms grow. The structure is made from 25 mm x 25 mm square aluminium tube.

The object hovers between being architecture and being an image of architecture. It is a contained object in a defined internal space. In the Ropac Gallery installation, all electrical lights were removed and the frames were painted with two layers of phosphorescent paint that absorbed light during the day and emitted it at night. In its night state the work assumes an unstable position between the virtual and the real.

If perspective and orthogonal architecture in the West are the way in which space is described and contained, this is an attempt to open up those limiting characteristics.

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BREATHING ROOM I


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BREATHING ROOM I, 2006
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
500 x 1000 x 780 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2006
Photograph by Charles Duprat, Paris

BREATHING ROOM I


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BREATHING ROOM I, 2006
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
500 x 1000 x 780 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2006
Photograph by Charles Duprat, Paris

BREATHING ROOM I


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BREATHING ROOM I, 2006
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
500 x 1000 x 780 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2006
Photograph by Charles Duprat, Paris

BREATHING ROOM I


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BREATHING ROOM I, 2006
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
500 x 1000 x 780 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2006
Photograph by Charles Duprat, Paris

BREATHING ROOM I


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BREATHING ROOM I, 2006
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
500 x 1000 x 780 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2006
Photograph by Charles Duprat, Paris

BREATHING ROOM I


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BREATHING ROOM I, 2006
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
500 x 1000 x 780 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2006
Photograph by Charles Duprat, Paris

BREATHING ROOM I


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BREATHING ROOM I, 2006
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
500 x 1000 x 780 cm
Installation view, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, 2006
Photograph by Charles Duprat, Paris

BREATHING ROOM II


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BREATHING ROOM II, 2010
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
386 x 857 x 928 cm
Installation Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Photograph by Jason Wyche, New York

BREATHING ROOM II


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BREATHING ROOM II, 2010
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
386 x 857 x 928 cm
Installation Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Photograph by Jason Wyche, New York

BREATHING ROOM II


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BREATHING ROOM II, 2010
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
386 x 857 x 928 cm
Installation Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Photograph by Jason Wyche, New York

BREATHING ROOM II


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BREATHING ROOM II, 2010
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
386 x 857 x 928 cm
Installation Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Photograph by Jason Wyche, New York

BREATHING ROOM II


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BREATHING ROOM II, 2010
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
386 x 857 x 928 cm
Installation Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Photograph by Jason Wyche, New York

BREATHING ROOM II


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BREATHING ROOM II, 2010
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
386 x 857 x 928 cm
Installation Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA
Photograph by Jason Wyche, New York

BREATHING ROOM III


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BREATHING ROOM III, 2010
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
482.6 x 1693 x 895.1 cm
Installation view White Cube Masons' Yard, London, England, 2010
Photograph by Stephen White, London

BREATHING ROOM III


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BREATHING ROOM III, 2010
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
482.6 x 1693 x 895.1 cm
Installation view White Cube Masons' Yard, London, England, 2010
Photograph by Stephen White, London

BREATHING ROOM III


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BREATHING ROOM III, 2010
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
482.6 x 1693 x 895.1 cm
Installation view White Cube Masons' Yard, London, England, 2010
Photograph by Stephen White, London

BREATHING ROOM III


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BREATHING ROOM III, 2010
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
482.6 x 1693 x 895.1 cm
Installation view White Cube Masons' Yard, London, England, 2010
Photograph by Stephen White, London

BREATHING ROOM I [SAN GIMIGNANO], 2012


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BREATHING ROOM I [SAN GIMIGNANO], 2012
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
670 x 296 x 320 cm
Installation Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

BREATHING ROOM I [SAN GIMIGNANO], 2012


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BREATHING ROOM I [SAN GIMIGNANO], 2012
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
670 x 296 x 320 cm
Installation Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
Photograph by Ela Bialkowska, OKNO STUDIO

BREATHING ROOM IV [SAO PAULO], 2012


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BREATHING ROOM IV [SAO PAULO], 2012
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
360 x 384 x 767 cm
Installation CCBB, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012
Photograph by Edouard Fraipont

BREATHING ROOM IV [SAO PAULO], 2012


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BREATHING ROOM IV [SAO PAULO], 2012
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
360 x 384 x 767 cm
Installation CCBB, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012
Photograph by Edouard Fraipont


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, 2012
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
300 x 836 x 1150 cm
Installation CCBB, Brasilia, Brazil, 2012
Photograph by Joana Franca


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, 2012
Aluminium tube 25 x 25 mm, Phosphor H15 and plastic spigots
300 x 836 x 1150 cm
Installation CCBB, Brasilia, Brazil, 2012
Photograph by Joana Franca

BREATHING ROOM, WHITE CUBE, 2010
White Cube Masons's Yard, London, England
Film by Harry Dwyer
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