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Antony Gormley


Another Place

Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
A human that speaks, after a long while
This man is standing alone. He makes no contact with another human being.
This person is nude, the body is not covered. This human child is vulnerable to temperature, to touch, to insult.
This figure has no pose. It’s not clear what this individual does, wants or feels. It’s hard to say if this individual has an intention, is happy or lonely. We could say that this soul is in peace and in balance, with no need of anything (no man, no object, no goal).
This personality is watching carefully in front of him, can respond to its environment, is admissible.
If we turn our perspective to the artpiece, we can ask ourselves: "what does this person expect of the beholder?" It is an uncomfortable artwork because the person doesn’t give us any clue; has no action, doesn’t show any emotions, and even worse: could have a problem.
This piece of art makes me think. I believe this artwork shows us an entirely different attitude than we are used to. Isn’t it that the contemporary person needs to prove himself, needs to show his beautiful side, needs to be better than the others?
But to what extent are we in balance and are we authentic?
We humans are not only strong, active, empowered, strong-willed but sometimes also vulnerable, receptive, passive, watchful, waiting.
It would be nice if we sometimes may resemble Two Times II by Anthony Gormley.
By Theo,

Een mens dat spreekt, na lange tijd
Deze mens staat alleen. Hij maakt geen contact met een ander mens.
Deze persoon is naakt, heeft het lichaam niet bedekt. Dit mensenkind is kwetsbaar voor temperatuur, voor aanraking, voor belediging.
Deze figuur neemt geen pose in. Het is niet duidelijk wat dit individu doet, wil of voelt. Het is niet te zeggen of deze enkeling een voornemen heeft, gelukkig of eenzaam is. Wij zouden kunnen zeggen dat deze ziel in rust en balans is, en daar niets (geen mens, geen voorwerp, geen doel) voor nodig heeft.
Deze persoonlijkheid kijkt aandachtig voor zich uit, kan reageren op zijn omgeving, is ontvankelijk.
Als wij ons perspectief op het werk omdraaien, kunnen wij ons de vraag stellen: 'Wat verwacht deze persoon van de toeschouwer?' Het is een kunstwerk dat ongemakkelijk voelt omdat de persoon geen aanwijzing geeft: geen handeling uitvoert, geen emoties toont of erger nog: heeft misschien een probleem.
Dit werk zet mij aan het denken. Volgens mij wijst dit kunstwerk op een geheel andere houding dan wij gewend zijn. Is het niet zo dat de hedendaagse mens zichzelf moet bewijzen, zijn mooie kant moet tonen, beter moet zijn dan de anderen?
Maar in hoeverre zijn wij in balans en zijn wij authentiek?
Wij mensen zijn niet alleen sterk, actief, mondig, wilskrachtig maar soms ook kwetsbaar, ontvankelijk, passief, afwachtend.
Wat zou het fijn zijn als we soms ook mogen lijken op Two Times II van Anthony Gormley.
By Theo,
Another Time 1999-2013 is a series of one hundred solid cast-iron figures, destined to be dispersed around the world. The artist has loaned three for Folkestone Triennial (two sited in Folkestone and one, in a collaboration with Turner Contemporary, in Margate in front of the Gallery). The artist intends them to 'bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space and time' and to 'celebrate the still and silent nature of sculpture. The work is designed to be placed within the flow of lived time.' – all three figures stand within the ebb and flow of the tide, at times partly inundated.
Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space, developing the potential in sculpture since the 1960s through critical engagement with his own and other’s bodies. His work confronts fundamental questions of where human beings stand in relation to nature and the cosmos. Gormley continually tries to identify the space of art as a place of becoming in which new behaviours, thoughts and feelings can arise.
His work has been widely exhibited internationally, with exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, London (2016); Forte di Belvedere, Florence (2015); Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia (2012); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2012); The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (2011); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2010); Hayward Gallery, London (2007); Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (1993) and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (1989). Permanent public works include the Angel of the North (Gateshead, England), Another Place (Crosby Beach, England) and Chord (MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA).
Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007, the Obayashi Prize in 2012 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. Antony Gormley was born in London in 1950.
Sir Antony Mark David Gormley, OBE (born 30 August 1950), is a British sculptor. 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, in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2012, and in Hong Kong in 2015–16.
In 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked Gormley number 4 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".
On 6 September 2015, Another Place saw its 10th anniversary at Crosby Beach in Liverpool. Talking of their 10th birthday.
I'm just delighted by the barnacles!
Every time I'm there, just like any other visitor, you're encouraged to linger a bit longer seeing the tide come in and how many of them disappear. And then you're encouraged to linger further until they're revealed again.