The Art Gallery of Western Australia has acquired two works by Sir Antony Gormley, one of the world’s most important and popular contemporary artists. Big Pluck 2 2016, and Big Yield 2015, were purchased this year through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation with funds donated by John Rodgers, in recognition of the contribution by his father Kurt Rodgers to the arts and to the Gallery where he was a Board Member from 1960 to 1970.
AGWA’s acquisitions Big Pluck 2 2016, and Big Yield 2015, are outstanding examples of Gormley’s recent practice. Composed from scans of his body scaled up one-and-a-half times, the works are part of his wider Big Beamers series. According to Gormley’s website, the series uses “the construction principles of architecture to reconsider the body in space and as space”. The arrangement of steel beams fills out the internal form of Gormley’s body, while intentional voids allow space to permeate it. Like buildings, each figure has its own particular physical expression. Big Pluck 2 – which extends upward as if pulled up by an unseen force – is intended to be heroic; in contrast, the curled over form of Big Yield appears mournful or struggling in nature. The geometric forms invite viewers to move around them, to experience them fully in relation to the space in which they are situated.
Visit the Gormley in focus display in the Gallery linkway. Here you will learn more about this acclaimed artist through video works, including interviews with the artist, imagery and words. There is also an example of one of the sculptures from Inside Australia for visitors to admire.
Inside Australia is owned by the State of Western Australia and is overseen by the Lake Ballard Association and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. To arrange a visit to the site please refer to the following website: lakeballard.com and goldfieldstourism.au.
Big Pluck 2 2016
Mild steel bar, 281 x 81 x 48 cm
Big Yield 2015
Mild steel bar, 219 x 111 x 99 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation: Funds donated by John Rodgers to the Art Gallery of Western Australia, for permanent display and enjoyment by the public in recognition of the contribution by his father Kurt Rodgers to the Arts and the Gallery, of which he was a Board member from 1960 to 1970, 2016
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