Antony Gormley walks us through ‘Aperture’, his 2009 exhibition at Xavier Hufkens gallery.
‘Aperture' represents an essential link in the oeuvre of Antony Gormley. It lends its name to the artist’s sixth exhibition at Xavier Hufkens and is the key to the exhibition. ‘Aperture' has an extraordinary relationship with its environment because it resembles a hole in space that is filled with the geometrical cellular structure of bubbles. The outer edges of 'Aperture' dramatically grasp the air.
For this exhibition, the main space in the Hufkens gallery will be filled from floor to ceiling and from wall to wall with a polyhedral space-frame that completely negates the orthogonal geometry of the architecture. The installation becomes, as it were, a framework that surrounds a void: a human-shaped cavern about ten times life size, through which the body of the viewer is invited to wander. In addition, the same body-in-rest is repeated in solid, life-size form in the second room of the exhibition.