The contemporary arts is widely know for his sculpture displayed in public areas including parks, hills and beaches. His work explores the connection between the human body and space. By space I mean, the area in which the art is displayed. In early work, Gormley uses his own body as well as others to represent this exploration. The questions which arise in these works is where does the human body stand in the space and nature in which it is displayed? Gormley now uses now sculptural art is represent this connection between the body and space.
I find his work fascinating because he displays his work in public as a statement. This display stimulates the audience to question the reasoning of its presence in the area. I like the way Gormley places the work in a nature/public environment for the public to experience in their own way. Gormley is a key artist who work is half the environment in which it is displayed in. He seriously considers the placement in order to receive a response to the work.
For example, the work below is situate on a beach and the figures are posing a very saddened, depressive state which is stimulated by the environment because the atmosphere of the beach and the open view of the sea gives a sense of loss and loneliness. You can see nothing but the water in front of you as you look at the sea which, to me, makes the emotion the figures alone are expressing more real.
LAND SEA AND AIR II
This piece of work [below] has a very different feeling to the work above because it gives a sense of freedom. One of the figures gives this vibe of freedom as the arms are stretched out to the sides and the head and chest are pushed up into the air. However, two of the figures look as though they are longing for something. The use of the rooftop adds to the feelings these figures are expressing through the openness of it and the feeling of being “on top of the world”.
As part of my Site Venue project I am to think sincerely about the environment and how it will affect the response to the work. The environment may not affect the work however, if I am to situate it outside in nature, this will have a great impact on it.