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Antony Gormley: Big Pluck 2 and Big Yield

From 22 November 2016 | FREE

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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.


Born in London in 1950, Gormley’s work since the late 1970s/early 1980s has brought together the traditions of figurative and site-specific sculpture. Often beginning with a mould or scan of his own body, Gormley explores the relation of the human body to space and time. The human body is not just a physical entity; it is an internal space of infinite imagination and potential. It is a place where experiences are collected, where connections with the world are formed.


Gormley’s works are instantly recognisable, and can be found in galleries as well as in urban and natural settings. Iconic works include Inside Australia 2003, an expansive outdoor installation of 51 figures derived from laser scans of residents of Menzies, WA on Lake Ballard and Angel of the North 1998, a 20m high, 54m wide copper and steel sculpture which sits atop a hill alongside the A1 motorway in Gateshead, northern England.

Antony Gormley Big Pluck 2 and Big Yield

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.


It was Gormley’s intention to signal in the works from this series that everybody can be a sculpture; that we become sculptures as we move our masses around, as our limbs and torsos form different patterns, different spaces, different places in the world. By placing the works at the entrance to the Gallery, we signify that art is not only for everybody, but is made by everybody as well.

 

Gormley in focus

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.

Antony Gormley Inside Australia

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.

 

Antony Gormley

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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