Antony Gormley: Five Works

Serpentine South Gallery 28 Feb — 29 Mar 1987 Free

An exhibition of five works by internationally acclaimed sculptor Antony Gormley.

Gormley had previously exhibited at the Serpentine Gallery in 1981. This show in 1987 marked a departure from his well-known body casts to other works in which the artist aimed to provide ‘vessels’ for the imagination. He exhibited one sculpture in each of the Serpentine’s four galleries, and one work outside. This was the first time any of these sculptures had been displayed in public.

Describing one of the sculptures in the show, Gormley asserts: “Room II was a translation of the dimensions of my body into a modernist, cubic bunker.”

In another work, Vehicle (1987), the form closely resembled that of an aeroplane, fabricated from lead, fibreglass, wood, and steel. For Gormley, the glider represented freedom for the imagination, and this work was to be a crucial step in the development of a body of work associated with the Angel of the North (1995-98).

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