Antony Gormley Biography ArtLyst
Antony Gormley OBE, RA born 1950 is a sculptor. His best known works include the Angel of the North, a public sculpture in Gateshead England erected in February 1998, and Another Place on Crosby Beach near Liverpool. Almost all of his work takes the human body with his own body used in many works as the basis for metal casts.
Antony Gormley's latest work One & Other creates a living monument. He is inviting people to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, a space normally reserved for statues of Kings and Generals. They will become an image of themselves, and a representation of the whole of humanity. For 24 hours a day every hour, for 100 days without a break, a different person will make the Plinth their own. The participants can use time on the plinth as they see fit. One & Other is open to anyone and everyone from any corner of the UK. As long as they're 16 or over and are living or staying in the UK. Journalist Charlie Brooker described this as a bit like giving the crazy people who dress up for the London Marathon a platform to do their stuff. I agree, but it's all fun and not as pretentious as it may have been intended. Gormley describes his work as "an attempt to materialise the place at the other side of appearance where we all live." Many of his works are based on moulds taken from his own body, or "the closest experience of matter that I will ever have and the only part of the material world that I live inside." His work attempts to treat the body not as an object but a place and in making works that enclose the space of a particular body to identify a condition common to all human beings. The work is not symbolic but indexical - a trace of a real event of a real body in time.