Friday, July 17, 2015

sculpted space within and without by Antony Gormley

I'll tell you why I became a sculptor.  What I care about most is making space.  Space that is within, yet also without.

I grew up in the 50's and when I was about 6 I had to have an enforced rest.  My bed was in a tiny hot space, so I told myself not to move.  I found that the space would get darker and cooler and larger, and after a few months I found that I looked forward to it.
That space is the place of imagination.
There are no things there.
It is limitless, it is endless.
That's the space that sculpture can connect us with.
The horizon.
Is art about trying to imagine what lies beyond the horizon?
Can we use the memory of a body to capture elemental time?
The tides.
100 of them
placed across 3 square miles at the mouth of the Mersey river
just outside of Liverpool.

Another Place by Antony Gormley
I visited last week (on my birthday).  The tide was going out.
The words in italics are bits I wrote down while listening to Antony Gormley speak. (here)


  1. I found this work very moving, all those figures looking out to sea. Some of the indivdual pieces were amusing, did you find the one with swimming trunks painted on. I suppose gaffitti but funny.

  2. such beautiful work, photos and reflections
    here's a quote that feels relevant
    "All our language is composed of brief little dreams; and the wonderful thing is that we sometimes make of them strangely accurate and marvelously reasonable thoughts. What should we be without the help of that which does not exist? Very little. And our unoccupied minds would languish if fables, mistaken notions, abstractions, beliefs, and monsters, hypotheses, and the so-called problems of metaphysics did not people with beings and objectless images our natural depths and darkness. Myths are the souls of our actions and our loves. We cannot act without moving towards a phantom."
    - Paul Valéry
    via Whiskey River

  3. Yes, we saw the one with the bathing suit painted on. Also one wearing a bike lock around his neck and another wearing a dress.

    One of the nice things about this sculpture is that it is so inviting to interact with. Walking the beach, seeing another one - going close to that one, seeing another one, going to it and touching it. Seeing the ones further out. Looking at the horizon with them.

    I wanted to see this work when we were here in 2012. Glad to have seen it now, three years later.

    And Mo, thank you for sharing valery. What should we be without the help of that which does not exist?

  4. Jan M3:42 am

    Judy, you always take me places with your work, your reflections and your travel. Have a look at Antony Gormley's sculptures at Lake Ballard in remote Western Australia; man/woman in the dessert landscape, remarkable and simultaneously insignificant.

  5. i like the idea that they are there. that's all.

  6. The link to his talk, set me into wonder. His concepts rub against mysticism, expansion-- womb. I love him now. As thought not just as art object.

    Happy Birthday. Thank you for yourcourage to be deep and true to vision. X


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