Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Topological strategies of Antony Gormley

These visual metaphors help us to visualize the volume of a figure by creating a virtual manikin in space. We are then able to transduce the visual information into a drawing or painting with a greater sense of that figure's occupancy of space. Consequently, the artist is then less dependent on measuring the contours of the image on the canvas because they can "project" a holographic facsimile of the volume with their visualization skills. 
One example of this is the work of Antony Gormley. The British sculptor fills the volumes of his figures with various forms that range from cubes to tangled wires, to colossal steel grids.Gormley can "see" the human form in space- he senses it's occupancy and displacement. This gives him free reign to experiment with all kinds of materials with which to describe these volumes.

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