“I use the construction language of the built world; pillars and lintels, to evoke the inner condition of the body, treating the body less as a thing than a place. There is a tension between a suggested symmetry and the actual articulation of a body, so that very slight variations in the alignment of the blocks can be read empathetically as an indication of the total body feeling. All of these pieces attempt to treat the body as a condition; being, not doing.” - Antony Gormley
Antony Gormley’s Butt is an early example of the artist’s Extended Blocker series which expand the blocker volumes on multiple axes towards the context of the built world. They attempt to extend emotion through formal means.
Gormley has turned from the consideration of the body as a composite constructed from discrete elements to architecture as a mental condition, and moves, with this series, to use an architectonic language of stacking, propping and cantilever to provoke empathic feeling for the present urban-bound human condition. Based on a 3D scan of the artist’s own body and comprised of subtly varied cast iron blocks, Butt is thoughtful yet playful, solid yet dynamically expanding forwards. The body is enclosed within its own, folded posture, evoking the tension between the existential conditions of shelter and exposure.
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