Anthony Gormley knows a thing or two about creating sculptures informed by the shape of the human body. His latest collection, ‘Fit’, at the White Cube gallery is no exception to this. For this exhibition, his work comprises of 15 different rooms each containing a sculpture of his work.
The pieces are all variations in size and appears to look at the different ways of how items fit into a given space, or if they instead face exclusion or don’t seem to be well placed in that given space. This can be put into the context of society, for example facing exclusion as a citizen in a global city or conversely, migrants seeking refuge.
Through moving from room to room, you get to gauge more of a sense of this and the sense of direction visitors will take is unclear, which can either be seen as possessing more choice, or instead, inhibiting, with perhaps little considered factors such as lighting challenging each experience from the previous one.
One of the pieces I think particularly favourable of is the sculpture piece that uses square and rectangular blocks. The shapes are used in a way to represent people, which is both artistic and clever at the same time and also makes you appreciate the beauty of art. Gormley also uses the shapes in different ways to manipulate different poses.
Gormley notes that it is his challenge to: ‘make a show that allows forms and materials to work on us, releasing us from any expectations of what sculpture is and how it might act on us.’ The feelings evoked from individuals viewing his work is intended and he is doing this subjectively.
Some other current showings of his work are at the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and Palazzo Te in Italy – I know I can’t get enough. Not long to go on this one, so visit the exhibition until 6 November 2016.
White Cube Bermondsey
144 – 152 Bermondsey Street
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 6pm
12pm – 6pm
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