Edition of 40
Original lithograph (Stoneprint) on 300gsm Velin d'Arches paper
100 x 69 cm | 39 3/8 x 27 3/16 in.
Signed and numbered
Published by Edition Copenhagen, 2013
Made in Copenhagen in June 2013, this print developed from Antony Gormley’s architectural concerns, and from images made in London and New York in the mid-1990s.
In 2012 Gormley created his ‘Expansion’ works, massive cast iron forms that apply the laws of what used to be called ‘the Hubble constant’ (the rate of expansion of the universe) to body-space, and treat the body as a collection of cells. Every cell is expanded so that it is eaten and eats into adjacent cells while the whole accumulation of cells progresses towards the final state of a single cube. They follow a rigorous logic, yet nevertheless retain a strong human charge.
In the following year the ‘Manifold’ drawings, and this print of the same name, were made. They map an imaginary projection into the inner dimensions of the ‘Expansion’ works, and reveal the volumes within that we can only roughly surmise from the exterior of the sculpture.
As Martin Caiger-Smith points out, ‘the impulses implied in these series of drawings, suspended in a kind of tension between density and weightlessness, darkness and light, connect with the words of the great thinker of space Gaston Bachelard: “Immensity is within ourselves. It is attached to the sort of expansion of being that life curbs and caution arrests, but which starts again when we are alone. As soon as we become motionless, we are elsewhere; we are dreaming in a world that is immense.”’
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