Antony Gormley, ‘Butt Model’, 2011, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

From the Catalogue

"Working at different scales allows openness and play; you could be an ant, a mouse or an elephant and at each scale what is apprehended changes. For me, sculpture is increasingly about seeing how things might cohere, putting one thing against, on top of, to the side of or below another, tentatively drawing places and spaces that become frames and objects. It's not particularly goal-oriented; rather, it has to do with allowing bodies to become places. There is no end to the possibilities. The gaps created between things when they fall or the way one form overtakes another when they expand excites and intrigues me. It is as much about how form eats space or space eats mass as it is about form itself. How does feeling become involved with form? What calls to us or what blocks us? What allows a thing - a space, a place, a structure - to summon our feeling? These are things and ideas. They are physical thinking manifested as line, as plane, as mass, as dark, as light, as iron, as wood, as stone, as plastic. Sometimes the material is just a carrier, sometimes it is the thing." —Antony Gormley, 2012

Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: stamped with the date 2011 and number 1454 on the underside

White Cube, London
Private Collection, New York

About Antony Gormley

In his sculptures, installations, and public artworks, Antony Gormley explores the relation of the human body to space and moments in time. He is well known for his sculptures that use a cast of his own body as their starting point and for his large-scale, outdoor installations such as Angel of the North (1998) and Another Place (1997). In Event Horizon (2007), which has been shown in London, Rotterdam, and New York, Gormley sited 31 body forms atop rooftops, riverbanks, and sidewalks within the dense urban environment. In One & Other (2009), a project for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, he invited members of the public to create their own artwork on top of the plinth for one hour time slots over a period of 100 days.

British, b. 1950, London, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom