Breathe In This

by United Blogs of Benetton on: June 22nd, 2010

I’m urging all people in London to go check out Antony Gormley‘s exhibition at White Cube Mason’s Yard and specifically to experience his work Breathing Room III and there’s no excuse about time or money as the exhibition is free and if you’re succinct with your experience, it will only really take ten minutes of your time.

Breathing Room III is a spacial awareness installation that artist Gormley has constructed within a gallery space, specific to that space. It is the largest in the series yet as within the interconnecting photo luminescent space frames, the volume is equal to that of the internal gallery space at White Cube.

The work encourages viewers to interact with it, moving around within the frames, observing how depth of field and perspective is completely altered because the frames resemble lines of laser light in the dark. Add to that, there are unexpected jolts of light as well as a dimming and lighting up of the frames to shake up the experience even more.

Gormley admits to wanting to scare people and whilst I wasn’t frightened per se, I was disturbed. There was something very claustrophobic about being trapped inside those frames even though you knew it was just a gallery space with powers to free you. At the same time, you feel an eerie sense of peace when you’re looking at the lines, following them as they seem to go beyond the room, into a dark hole.

It’s trapping and freeing you at the same time. I’m definitely checking it out a few more times before it ends in July.

All photography by David Levene for The Guardian

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