In this takeover of the entirety of White Cube’s space in Bermondsey, Gormley’s sculptures play with concepts of manipulation of space and fragility of the body. Each room of this extensive gallery is curated differently - difficult to say which is the favourite.
From the enormous 5 metres tall singular sculpture at the centre of one of the rooms, to the South Gallery II entirely filled with fired clay blocks which become 244 different body-like sculptures, the audience is forces to navigate the space extremely cautious of their surroundings. Continuing with this concept, South Gallery I hosts a human-sized body sculpture with steel strips extending each over the floor onto the corridor, to the ceiling, and on the wall mid-air. Interestingly, the audience seems skeptical to go around the room fully, having to duck-down or ‘jump’ over the mid-air stripes. That’s the whole point though. In another one of the rooms, some jenga-like pieces make up other body-sized sculptures leaning onto the wall in semi-‘normal’ poses, which prompt the visitor to almost want to mimic them, humorously - again curious to observe how the visitor interplays with the exhibition and the sculptures.
The exhibition pushes the person in the space to be aware of their body and how it plays with the surrounding environment, which in the outside world happens naturally, and yet we are less susceptible to the influence of a certain space as it is normalised, with architecture playing an important role in this environment.