antony gormley: firmament IV anna schwartz gallery, sydney may 7th to july 3rd, 2010

firmament IV, 2010 visualization of the work at anna schwartz gallery, sydney photo © the artist courtesy the artist and anna schwartz gallery

a new exhibition of UK-based artist antony gormley‘s work has just opened at the anna schwartz gallery in sydney, australia. entitled ‘firmament IV’, the show includes an installation of a single ‘expanded field’ which gormley has constructed from 1030, 150mm diameter steel balls and 1849 steel elements that have been welded together to create a non-regular, polygonal structure – a form that dissolves and resolves throughout the gallery. in appearance it looks like an assembled matrix of volumes that map a celestial constellation, while also implying the form of a body lost within it. this particular piece is entitled ‘firmament’, and is the fourth in a series of works in which gormley attempts to map out space.

antony gormley: firmament IV antony gormley firmament IV, 2010 installation view, anna schwartz gallery, sydney image courtesy of anna schwartz gallery

the resulting web could be interpreted as an expanded diagram of microscopic mineral structures, as much as it could be considered a condensed and domesticated map of the heavens. gormley’s work has always been about our sense of perception, testing our experience with physical presence in certain conditions of time and space. on this occasion, the viewer is asked to continually adjust his / her relationship to the field as he / she navigates through it.

antony gormley: firmament IV antony gormley firmament IV, 2010 installation detail, anna schwartz gallery, sydney image courtesy of anna schwartz gallery

the installation is giant in scale, measuring 20 x 12.6 x 8.4 meters, built in situ, so that it pushes against the edges of the gallery space, making it the most monumental one in the series to date. this work was developed with tristan simmonds.

antony gormley: firmament IV antony gormley drift V, 2010 1.6 mm stainless steel wire 204 x 228 x 203 cm image courtesy of the artist

antony gormley: firmament IV antony gormley aperture X, 2010 3 mm square section mild steel bar 189 x 53.5 x 29 cm image courtesy of the artist

antony gormley: firmament IV antony gormley aperture IX, 2010 10 mm square section mild steel bar 178 x 51 x 44 cm image courtesy of the artist

antony gormley: firmament IV antony gormley lift II, 2010 8 mm square section mild steel 194 x 41 x 35 cm image courtesy of the artist

antony gormley: firmament IV antony gormley standing matter XXVI, 2009 forged bell bearings 190 x 52 x 27 cm image courtesy of the artist

antony gormley: firmament IV antony gormley cast IV, 2009 cast iron 192 x 45 x 37 cm image courtesy of the artist