Antony Gormley

METER, GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC, SALZBURG, 2013

18 May - 13 July

For almost 40 years, Antony Gormley has been creating sculptures exploring the relation of the human body to space. In the past two years, the projects attracting most attention have been HORIZON FIELD, in the Vorarlberg Alps, and the installation HORIZON FIELD Hamburg, realised in co-operation with the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in the Hamburg Deichtorhallen. HORIZON FIELD consisted of 100 life-size bodyforms cast in solid iron distributed over an area of 150 km², at 2,039 metres above sea level creating a horizontal plane through the valleys of Lech, Zurs and Zug and Horizon Field Hamburg invited 100 viewers at a time to venture onto a 1,250m² black- reflecting platform suspended 7.5 metres above the ground. The hovering structure swayed in response to their movement. HORIZON FIELD Hamburg exploited the structural potential of the century-old building, re-orienting viewers in a new spatio-temporal context.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg is now showing the latest phase in Antony Gormley's exploration of space. In the exhibition METER, in the Villa Kast in Salzburg, Gormley explores scale and the relativity of any measurement, encouraging viewers  to experience anew their own physical presence in space.  The sculptures displayed on the ground floor of the gallery are larger than life; those on the first floor smaller than life. Gormley addresses size in two ways: first, with proportional magnification and second, with increasing expansion. The austere, totem-like figure WARD (2013), 1.5 times life-size, occupies the entrance to the gallery; it is one of a series of proportionally magnified figures positioned along the architectural axes of the ground floor. All the sculptures in the exhibition use the formal language of architecture, inviting greater awareness of spatial context in the viewer through the various ways in which they occupy the rooms in the gallery. These works are contrasted by sculptures from the 'Tankers' group. These, too, are abstracted bodyforms, with rectilinear volumes expanding from human dimensions. Consisting of dark Corten steel plates, they enclose a space the extent of which is based on the principles of the metric expansion of the universe. Here, an observation method used in astronomy is applied to the intimate sphere of the human body.

In counterpoint to the 'Tankers' is a series of white plaster sculptures characterised by stacking, propping and cantilver exploiting the interplay between stability and instability. 

Three sculptures made of linear stainless-steel, including the work COURSE (2010), a slender, double life-size figure, interpret the human body as an energy system.  The massive 11 ton iron figure REST IV (2013), in a classic reclining posture, is displayed in the garden of the Villa Kast.

WARD, 2013

WARD, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

WARD, 2013

WARD, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

WARD and GUT X, 2013

WARD AND GUT X, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

GUT X and STORE, 2013

GUT X AND STORE, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

WAKE and CATCH, 2013

WAKE AND CATCH, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

CHARM and BOUND, 2013

CHARM AND BOUND, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

PRIZE, 2013

PRIZE, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

RETREAT III and SCHEME II, 2013

RETREAT III AND SCHEME II, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

PLACE, 2013

PLACE, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

COURSE, 2010

COURSE, 2010
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

REST IV, 2013

REST IV, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

REST, 2012

REST, 2012
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

SMALL GUT, SMALL CATCH, SMALL PROP, SMALL WITNESS, SMALL SHY, SMALL GUT II, SMALL WARD, SMALL BIND, SMALL SPLICE, 2013

SMALL GUT, SMALL CATCH, SMALL PROP, SMALL WITNESS, SMALL SHY, SMALL GUT II, SMALL WARD, SMALL BIND, SMALL SPLICE, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

A GIVEN MEAN IX, SMALL GUT and SMALL CATCH, 2013

A GIVEN MEAN IX, SMALL GUT AND SMALL CATCH, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

NET, 2013, REST, 2012 and MANIFOLD, 2013

NET, 2013, REST, 2012 AND MANIFOLD, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

RETREAT, REST, COTCH II, COTCH I, BRIDGE, CLASP, CLASP II, 2013

RETREAT, REST, COTCH II, COTCH I, BRIDGE, CLASP, CLASP II, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

MANIFOLD, GRIP I, MANIFOLD I and GRIP II, 2013

MANIFOLD, GRIP I, MANIFOLD I AND GRIP II, 2013
Installation view
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg, 2013
Photograph by Ulrich Ghezzi

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