Segments in this Video

ArtisticConnectivity (03:47)


Antony Gormley would consider himself a failure if spectators did not find his artwork intriguing and engaging. Sculptures should describe the human body as a place, not an object. He discusses the influence of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.

Casting Session (04:35)

Gormley uses his personal existence as a tool to explore the conditions of being alive. "Bed" explores the relationship between sculpture and the body.

Metaphysical Art (04:14)

"Sound II" and "Untitled" have references to Christian themes. Gormley discusses inspirations behind "Angel of the North." Art does not need to be in a museum to have context.

"Still IV" (04:48)

Gormley discusses carving the sculpture out of polystyrene and his inspiration. Sculpture from the 20th century does not convey much emotion. "Critical Mass" is a monument to something we hope will never happen.

"Man Asleep" (03:23)

Gormley bears witness to his existence in the sculpture. "Field" is an image of a globalized multi-cultural democracy and portrays the author's anxiety about the future.

"Allotment II" (04:22)

Humans exist in architecture. Gormley describes finding volunteers and creating proportional boxes to depict each one. Art depicts the human evolution of consciousness.

Credits: Antony Gormley (00:34)

Credits: Antony Gormley

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Antony Gormley

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An internationally acclaimed artist, Antony Gormley is best known for his monumental sculpture Angel of the North. This earth-bound figure with its massive wings shares with all of Gormley's work a preoccupation both with the human form and with our shared spiritual potential. Antony Gormley's early lead and iron figures were cast from his own body. They demand a physical and emotional response, but they also raise profound philosophical questions about memory, the mind and our senses. Some of his sculptures, such as the tiny sleeping figure modelled on his infant daughter Still IV, are intensely private. Other works, like Field and Allotment II, are sweeping social and architectural explorations on a grand scale. Many of Antony Gormley's most significant works are illustrated in this film profile, including Bed, made from hundreds of loaves of sliced white bread, and the spectacular Quantum Cloud created alongside the Millennium Dome in London. Antony Gormley offers a reflective commentary on these and other works and on the central investigations and imperatives of his art.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: BVL194743

ISBN: 978-1-64867-387-0

Copyright date: ©2001

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