Salzburg, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Ataxia, in ancient Greek, means a state of disequilibrium, and is used today in medical terminology to indicate a condition of loss of coordination due to disorders in the central nervous system. British artist Antony Gormley, winner of the 1994 Turner Prize among many other awards, fashions the human body as an architectural space and subtly deconstructs its center of gravity as we know it.

Gormley’s new series of seven standing figures, comprised of variable cast-iron blocks, illustrates the human form in a delicate space between symmetry and asymmetry, equilibrium and disequilibrium. The postured sculptures, entitled Turn, Splice, Shrive, Shy, List, Clutch and Haft are each placed in the center of separate rooms of the gallery. The exhibition further features two new works, entitled Scaffolding and Fall, while an earlier and important work of his, Feeling Material XXXVIII, hangs in the central staircase of the gallery.

April 4 through May 20, 2009
Mirabellplatz 2
5020 Salzburg
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