Antony Gormley

Location: Galleria Continua/ Le Moulin
Designer: Antony Gormley
Project: Space Station
Year: 2011
Photos: © the Artist; Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin - White Cube - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg / Paris
Photo: Oak Taylor-Smith
When steel becomes introspection. A new cultural air is blowing over the French headquarters of Galleria Continua from San Gimignano with a new enthralling exhibition by Antony Gormley.

The exhibition Space Station and Other Instruments, is presented in collaboration with Galleria White Cube and Galleria Thaddaeus Ropac in the vast premises of Le Moulin, where the unusual works emerge in all their impressive strength: Space Station, an enormous corten steel sculpture of 23 tons, 6 meters high, 9 meters wide and 6 meters deep, which is entered from a small corridor at the side.
The work recalls the typical window grids of densely populated places like Manhattan, where the skyscrapers are an emblem of the new concept of a city as a gathering point. An installation with a clear social role, whose meaning cannot be fully understood without express reference to the unstoppable growth of our era and to the profound sense of control and conditioning in people of the third millennium. Inspired by research into particle physics, the impressive sculpture also recalls the shape of a human foetus conceived as a mass of cells, coherent with the language of accumulation that can be found in several of this famous artist’s works. Math, philosophy, architecture, engineering, psychoanalysis are just some of the subjects making up Antony Gormley’s vast cultural baggage, baggage as heavy and strong as steel, which is the undisputed protagonist of this curious sculpture. Intended as a concentration of the Earth, steel creates an empathic link between the earth and the strong abstract bodies created by the sculptor’s imagination, acquiring a symbolic and then aesthetic value.
An interpretation that shows how Gormley’s research focuses on the reciprocal relationship between human body and inhabited space, in the strict idea of it as an urban microcosm and the widest idea as a universal macrocosm. Environment, form and feelings are the artist’s preferred fields of investigation and appear in his work through pure abstract forms, addressed to encouraging the spectator to introspection. An original and amazing poetry of steel that enables Gormley to pursue his goal: replace representation with reflection.

Erica Gaggiato
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