Antony Gormley: Making Space

By Beeban Kidron

A sculptor walks into a white cube and says after three steps: “now I am invisible”. During this film we come to understand the artist’s visions of disappearance in a gallery and his presence in nature and public space through his body. “Making Space” is an intimate portrait of British sculptor Antony Gormley (born in 1950), made while he was preparing three new works for a major exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London. We witness the production of “Blind Light”, Gormley’s dream of a ‘cloud in a box’ into which the audience can disappear: an especially large challenge for the gallery and the artist. Exploring both the premises of his sculptures and the ups and downs of the creative journey, the film gradually builds a picture of both the pressure and the compulsion that lie behind his work.

Gormley has received several major public commissions, for which he has created some of the most monumental works of the last two decades, including “An Angel of the North”, which deploys its wings over the British countryside, “Field” and “Quantum Cloud” for the Millennium Dome in Greenwich. Gormley also creates smaller works, many of which are individual forms modeled on his own body. The film documents the enthralling process of Gormley and his persistence to realize his visions in spite of public controversy.