Antony Gormley: Model


White Cube Bermondsey

Until Sun Feb 10 2013

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Antony Gormley, Model, 2012, Weathering steel © Antony Gormley. Courtesy White Cube. Photo by Ben Westoby

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'Please sign this form below to indicate you have read and understood the above' could have been a fine title for a timely conceptual art piece. It is, in this instance, what viewers will have to read just before, most probably, willingly offering their best autograph prior to the visit of this astonishing Model. A duly dated, signed and acknowledged 10-Guidelines one-pager is indeed the legal precondition to the visit. One might wonder if such document could not be envisaged in fact as an integral part of the interactive experience in negotiating with a work which, after all, aims at 'engaging our embodied sense of space, light and volume' - including an increasing lack of in modern prescriptive societies, alluded to in the darkest and most disquieting parts of the Model. To paraphrase Guideline Number 3, you are not advised to visit this show if you suffer from bureaucratic micro-managerial claustrophobia. Guideline Number 10 'You are advised not to consume alcohol before entering Model' is particularly poignant. Thought-provoking, in many ways. And not entirely reassuring.