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Antony Gormley in his own words, vertically and horizontally

Jonathan Schofield interviews 'Angel of the North' artist, Antony Gormley, as his work 'Filter' arrives in Manchester

Written by . Published on January 29th 2009.

Antony Gormley in his own words, vertically and horizontally

Here we've got a YouTube interview with Antony Gormley. It comes via the marvel of a Nokia N95. Excuse the way it flies around every which way, that's this writer's novice camera technique.

But if you can get round that and if you find art and what drives it interesting then Gormley's words make for good listening. Fascinating in fact.

Another Place

In this interview he starts off with a discussion and description of 'Filter', his addition to the collection at Manchester Art Gallery, acquired with the help of an £80,000 grant from those fabulous folk at the Art Fund. He also alludes to 'Another Place' on Crosby Beach, and discusses his fame, Britain's taste in culture, Greek sculpture and his up-coming new work 'One and Other' on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. And he gets shirty with the Art Gallery staff as well.

Some of his words may seem surprising, for instance he says: "My work continues to be mis-interpreted as some form of representational art. It's useless if you take it as that. It's an invitation for you to think of yourself being there, an invitation for you to think of those moments when you are, like it is, detached from the flow of everyday life. We're always doing something, fulfilling some kind of command, some kind of duty, some kind of work and this piece is trying to think of a human being as being not doing."

It's good stuff.


And if you've read our piece on Brick Man for Manchester (click here) then that discussion took place off camera.

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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Stephanie NJanuary 29th 2009.

Listen to the words and this is fascinating. I don't even mind the jerky camera technique. What Gormley says about his art, his approach to art and his take on public art - usually the most abused branch of the field - I found reasurring and invigorating.

RegJanuary 29th 2009.

Good interview. What Gormley says about representational art is interesting? I like the idea of sculpture as representing a stop moment in the day, a moment of reflection. I'll be off to Trafalgar Square too.

Adam KJanuary 29th 2009.

What are you on about? Listen to the words, and the content. Fascinating. Liked it.

eddy rheadJanuary 29th 2009.

Couldnt you have transcribed this Jonathan and turned it into an article we could have read? I lasted about 30 seconds until your 'finesse' with the phone and Mr Gormley's unengaging manner made me give up. I would be interested in what he had to say but would rather read it than watch it.

HaHaHaJanuary 29th 2009.

Jonnie, give that video sh1t a miss until you have polished it up a bit...

Burt CodeineJanuary 29th 2009.

Either Mr Gormley can not only create a few iconic sculptures and can also speak without moving his vocal chords or your 'Nokia N95' has a synching issue...still, more professional than a Channel Erm production...

Craig GreyJanuary 29th 2009.

Exactly I liked the jumpy nature of it and it's worth listening to the end.

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