Antony Gormley What do artist do all day BBC 4 24th August 2014 iPlayer

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Assignment 3/4/5 Major Project - Isolation, Exhibitions and talks, Styles, Summaries and Pre-Work, Supporting Activities

Sir Antony Mark David Gormley, is a British sculptor and his best known works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England, Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool, and Event Horizon, a multi-part site installation in London, Madison Square in New York City, and in São Paulo, Brazil.
This program takes place whist he prepares for his ‘cosmic expansion project’, and gives us a small glimpse of both the man and the ideas for the exhibition.
Gormley describes his work as “an attempt to materialise the place at the other side of appearance where we all live.” Many of his works are based on moulds taken from his own body, or “the closest experience of matter that I will ever have and the only part of the material world that I live inside.” His work attempts to treat the body not as an object but a place and in making works that enclose the space of a particular body to identify a condition common to all human beings. The work is not symbolic but indexical – a trace of a real event of a real body in time.
His view on sculpture are very interesting as he wants to put “something into the world that was not there before”. He talks a lot about how sculpture is about storytelling and power and how it leaves the most permanent artistic feature of what we were like, and cites the Pyramids, Stonehenge, and the roman and Greek states as examples.
In this exhibition he uses his own digitised form, ( in many poses), to identify and separate the main elements of his body and then convert them into rectangular elements which he expands at different rate but maintains their original centroid. You get to see elements of the process from the digitising and computer aided design techniques to the prototyping and manufacture of the figures. These figures are arranges in groups and the idea is that you would walk around with spaces as if you were a spacecraft in the universe – with the figures and galaxies and planets. Note – this is my interpretation!
He is an interesting artist to study both from a stylistically and isolation viewpoint. His work is easily identifiable as well as being quite varied in its output, and he has this focus on the body, (his), and the space we inhabit when we close our eyes – which can be infinite! – hence the theme of the exhibition – again interpretation. This has helped me understand my theme of isolation and the objective of producing images that allow your mind to go to a different place whist looking at a element of a picture of a normal object.

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