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Gormley’s spaces

Antony Gormley's Hayward exhibition stimulates the mind and senses—and may even provide a refutation of artificial intelligence

By F David Peat   June 2007

Antony Gormley has always been preoccupied with the body. His cast-iron forms are not representational, but more like anonymous body cases that are arranged at uncomfortable angles, rise out of the floor, are suspended from the ceiling or stand as silent witnesses on Crosby sands looking out to the river Mersey.

When we stand before Gormley figures, we begin to reorientate ourselves; we find ourselves becoming aware of our own inner space—the space of the body. While Gormley works in a tradition of sculpture that stretches from the Khmer heads through Rodin’s Age of Bronze, he also has the eye…

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