Antony Gormley is best known for his cuboid, life-size sculptures of the human body. His artistic practice, which includes ephemeral drawings in addition to sculpture, seeks to explore and define the relationship between the body and its physical surroundings. It’s fitting, then, that Gormley was selected for the inaugural show at Sean Kelly Gallery’s pioneer outpost in the developing Hudson Yards district, just north of Chelsea. Gormley’s geometric, boxy figures readily complement gallery architect Toshiko Mori’s sprawling take on the typical white cube. But Gormley’s evocation of space doesn’t end at the gallery walls: the intensity and movement of his sculptures echo the robust energy of a rapidly evolving urban neighborhood. Signal, from his Liner series, is a straight steel line stretching from one end of the gallery to the other, interrupted only by a twisting network resembling the interior structures of a prone human body. The flat, intricate sculpture is an implied electrical current running between man and city.
WHERE TO SEE
Antony Gormley’s Bodyspace is open through December 22 at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.