Antony Gormley

August 15 - September 15, 1996
Curator: David Neuman

Antony Gormley’s European Field directly from the Kunsthalle Tallinn and the tour in Eastern Europe where it has been shown in seven countries since the start at Malmö Konsthall in 1993. European Field is the result of Gormley’s collaboration with pupils from the Östra Grevie school in the south of Sweden. A total of 40 000 clay figures were produced over a brief but intense period; because each person’s hands are different, each of the figures has its own individual marking. All together they create an implacable crowd, evoking questions both physical and metaphysical. Antony Gormley, born in Great Britain in 1950, is best known for sculptures in lead and cast iron, based on his own body. In the Field series, however, he works with clay reviving old traditions of people getting together to work and hold celebrations. The work was installed at Magasin 3 by Antony Gormley and art students from the Royal University College of Art and Konstfack College of Art, Crafts and Design. All 40 000 figures are being shown on a floor area of 800 m2.