An artist’s studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it. Those are the words of Leonardo da Vinci.
This is one of them — the studio of Sir Antony Gormley, OBE, a British sculptor. His work space in London is a converted warehouse north of King’s Cross station.
(1) The works from the series Blockworks, having been created between 2003 and 2009. All the sculptures in this series are made of the same shape blocks in four sizes: each successive element is eight times the size of the previous one.
(2) Sculpture from the series Feeling Material. According to Gormley, it was created as an attempt to “describe the space of the body with the help of the matrix formed by the rings.”
Even if you do not know the specifics of Gormley’s creativity, it is obvious that the artist working here is a person preoccupied with the dynamics of transformation of the human body, all that is connected with its dynamics. Iron as a main material of Gromley’s sculptures might as well be replaced by some entirely different substance, but most Gromley’s “men” were made of clay replica of the artist’s own body.
Joseph Backstein, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow (ICA Moscow) once visited Anthony Gromley in his studio when the atist was, quite literally, hard at work, his entire body covered with in clay. In the course of the ensued conversation, Backstein recalls, clay on Anthony’s body gradually solidified and, in the end, the only animated part of Sir Anthony was his mouth, his lips moving.
(4) Figure of Man in the left corner of the Deblonde’s photo, is an example of the most common manifestations of Gormley’s artwork. The artist likes to place such sculptures in different urban spaces: on rooftops, on the windows, at the edge of the sea — simply google his works and see them perched in most unusual places.
His best known works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead in the North of England, commissioned in 1994 and erected in February 1998, Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool, and Event Horizon, a multi-part site installation which premiered in London in 2007, around Madison Square in New York City, in 2010 and in São Paulo, in 2012, says Wikipedia.
Actually, this large space on Deblonde‘s photograph is only a small part of the sprawling lair. Anthony Gormley– no surprise here — had long became an enterprise. His house has several floors with offices, workshops and laboratories. A huge number of assistants and workers are engaged in casting and creating models every day. Sir Anthony is said to be very involved in the everyday activities of his staff, but he is no longer particularly hands on — or, rather, clay on — artist, like the hardening under the layer of clay self he was during Mr. Backstein’s visit.