aperture by anthony gormley

xavier hufkens gallery, brussels

september 19th – october 22nd, 2009

core, 2008 cast iron 191 x 96 x 95 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

over the last three years, artist antony gormley has been experimenting with cell aggregates of nesting polyhedra in both solid and space-frame forms turning the space of the body into an open framework of tetrahedral, cubic, dodecahedral and more complex polygons which gormley says, ‘achieves a breakthrough when released from a bounding skin.’

the result is the work ‘aperture’. the main room of the xavier hufkens gallery, from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, will be filled with polyhedral space-frames in which the viewer is invited to wander through. negating the orthogonal geometries of regular architecture, this aggregate surrounds a void: a human-shaped cave at around ten times life size. at rest, the same body is made massive and life-size and lies on the floor of the gallery up a short flight of stairs. the other works in the exhibition explore bubble geometry through standing and falling forms in both solid and cloud formations.

‘aperature’ is a relationship with a room, seaming a gap in space filled with the behavioral geometry of the bubble matrix. the outer edges of this form dynamically grasp the air.

gormley’s work has always explored the body as a place rather than an object. in aperture he takes us into a new zone of structural complexity, while at the same time evoking the body as an open space of possibility connected with the earth as well as the space at large. the main installation of the exhibition could be conceived of as a space / time map in which hundreds of spheres are held in space by drawing a constellation between them within which the body of the viewer is allowed free passage.

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels not yet titled, 2009 cast iron 40 x 127 x 71 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels aperture, 2009 6mm square section mild steel 188 x 51 x 34 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels freeze, 2008 2mm square section stainless steel wire 217 x 125 x 101 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels freeze II, 2008 1.6 mm stainless steel wire 240 x 180 x 140 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels cumulus, 2008 2mm square section stainless steel bar 244 x 224 x 210 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels body V, 2009 carbon and casein on paper 111 x 77 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels drift II, 2009 carbon and casein on paper 111 x 77 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels geometry IV, 2008 carbon and casein on paper 111 x 77 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels rain VII, 2009 carbon and casein on paper 111 x 77 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels cross XI, 2009 carbon and casein on paper 111 x 77 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels

antony gormley: aperature exhibition at xavier hufkens gallery, brussels clearing 106, 2009 carbon and casein on paper 111 x 77 cm image courtesy of the artist and xavier hufkens, brussels