Antony Gormley Returns To Hong Kong With New Series “Rooting the Synapse”

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Antony Gormley’s jagged iron sculptures foreground a new development in the groundbreaking artist’s work – a move beyond representational forms featuring plant-like branches that map the human body in space.


The exhibition references Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s analogy between the body and a tree planted in the sky. Reversing the traditional notion of anatomy, Goethe describes the hemispheres of the brain as being a seed from which the central nervous system extends.

A range of cultural references are also drawn on in the ‘Rooter’ series, particularly ancient civilizations whose designs were inspired by the natural world; from Greek key patterns and the cloud decorations of ancient China, to the vine patterns of the Maya.

Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. ‘Rooting the Synapse’ is his second exhibition at White Cube’s Hong Kong gallery, following ‘States and Conditions’ in 2014.

The British artist’s ventures into Hong Kong’s art world have also included a singularly ambitious public art project, Event Horizon, during which army of of sculptures took over Hong Kong’s skyline in 2015.

A work by Gormley is also on display at the Hong Kong statue park at Tamar park, and the artist himself with be present at Art Basel, during which he will participate in a panel discussion, On Figures and Figuration | Bodies in Focus on Thursday 29th at 2pm.


When: 26 Mar 2018 - 19 May 2018 Where: White Cube – 50 Connaught Road – Central