Best known for his Angel of the North sculpture, Gormley juxtaposes natural materials such as seawater with modern, industrial materials, including cast iron. The sculptor is known for modelling many of his sculptures on his own body and interacting with the spaces in which his exhibitions take place. SUBJECT, his recent show at Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard, featured custom-made steel threads that spanned the gallery’s walls, leading viewers from one sculpture to the next. Gormley’s forthcoming show will similarly include pieces specially crafted to actively engage with the hallowed halls of the Royal Academy.
His sculptures aim to actively engage viewers, too. ‘When so many of us are immersed in a world of meetings, deadlines, duty and work,' Gormely writes, 'sculpture – by being a rock in the stream of our lives – invites us to stop, reconsider, to re-assess being rather than doing.’ Indeed, Gormley's sculptural practice springs from an interrogation of the self, and the relationship of object and body to space and place. This major Royal Academy Antony Gormley exhibition foregrounds these concerns, blurring the lines between boundaries, whether physical, liminal or metaphorical.
|What||Antony Gormley, Royal Academy London|
|Where||Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
21 Sep 19 – 03 Dec 19, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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