After the key concept lecture on site specific artwork I researched many artists that could be considered to have site specific artwork. From this research I looked in to; Antony Gormley, Robert Smithson, Richard Long, Dan Flavin, Andy Goldsworthy, Robert Irwin, Marcel Duchamp, Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, Nobuo Sekine. I also looked through the books; Land Art – William Malpas – Crescent Moon Blurring The Boundaries – Installation Art 1969-1996 Sculpture Now – Anna Moszynska – Thames & Hudson world of art Land Art In The U.K – William Malpas.
From this research I have chosen to look at Antony Gormley’s artwork ‘Another Place’.
Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. These sculptures are made from casts of Gormley’s own body, silently looking out to sea. According to Antony Gormley, Another Place harnesses the ebb and flow of the tide to explore man’s relationship with nature. He explains: The seaside is a good place to do this. Here time is tested by tide, architecture by the elements and the prevalence of sky seems to question the earth’s substance. In this work human life is tested against planetary time.
This relates to my own work as I am currently looking at hand building body parts and I am going to attempt to create a few life size bodies, therefore his method of doing this and where it is placed is really influential and has given me a few ideas for my own artwork.