Antony Gormley

MODEL, WHITE CUBE BERMONDSEY, LONDON, ENGLAND, 2012 - 2013

28 November 2012 - 10 February 2013

Challenging the physical possibilities of the gallery space, this ambitious exhibition investigates our experience of architecture through the body, and of the body through architecture.

Made in direct response to the space of the South Gallery II is the vast, new work MODEL, which is also the title of the exhibition.  Fabricated from 100 tonnes of weathering sheet steel, the work is both sculpture and building, human in form but at no point visible as a total figure.  Visitors will be able to enter the work through a 'foot' and journey through its inter-connected internal chambers, the sculpture demanding that we adjust our pace and bend our bodies to its awkward yet absolute geometry. The experience of this analogy for the 'dark interior of the body' is guided by anticipation and memory and the direct and indirect light which penetrates the structure and which leads us on, as if through a labyrinth.

The exhibition also includes a room of models - trials mostly made in the year leading up to the exhibition but including some examples from as far back as ten years ago. The room presents a dialogue between dwelling in the body and dwelling in a building and explores the potential of sculpture as a form of psychological, reflexive architecture.

There are frames, solid plaster casts and architectural models that map the darkness of the body. Some of the blockworks shown in the corridor have counterparts in the model room, where their solid masses become hollow and form complex interiors. Three models for the interconnecting chambers of the large work MODEL are shown. Throughout the objects and drawings here there is a dialogue between extension and expansion, where the scale of the body is taken as a variable.

The room is a laboratory of possibility, showing the ways in which ideas cross-fertilisze and produce ever more vigorous hybrids. It gives an insight into the workings of the studio as an open-ended exploratory playground in which space and object become interchangeable.


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

SLUMP, 2012

SLUMP, 2012
Cast iron
149.5 x 57.5 x 73.5 cm
Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

RETREAT, 2012

RETREAT, 2012
Cast iron
49 x 62 x 75 cm
Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

THE MODEL ROOM, 2002 - 2012

THE MODEL ROOM, 2002 - 2012
Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

THE MODEL ROOM, 2002 - 2012

THE MODEL ROOM, 2002 - 2012
Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

STRAND, 2012

STRAND, 2012
Cast iron
25.5 x 66.5 x 196.5 cm
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

REST II,2012

REST II,2012
Cast iron
58.5 x 120.5 x 69 cm
Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby


Installation view, MODEL
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England, 2012
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL

MODEL
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

MODEL, 2012

MODEL, 2012
Weathering steel
502 x 3240 x 1360 cm
White Cube Bermondsey, London, England
Photograph by Benjamin Westoby

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