Anthony McCall

Anthony McCall / England/United States, b.1946 / You and I, Horizontal (III) 2007. Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2007–08 / Photograph: Sylvain Deleu / © The artist

Anthony McCall builds apparently solid sculptures from the immaterial and intangible medium of light. For the Gallery of Modern Art's tenth anniversary, he has developed this spectacular new commission, Crossing 2016.

McCall has been working with projected light since the 1970s and his cross-disciplinary practice utilises conventions from film, sculpture, installation, drawing and performance. Crossing is created by finely calibrated intersecting projections of light in a room of haze, forming dense cones of translucent light. Where they meet the ground, these animated lines of light gradually shift through sequences of inter-related linear and wave forms. Visitors are able to enter into and interact with these dynamic chambers, moving through the haze from light to shadow, and experiencing the element of sound, a new facet of the artist's practice.

For McCall, Crossing acts as a culmination of his idea of our body as always in motion, undergoing change (through growth, ageing, the act of being in love, through fertility and death), and not simply bound by the skin. We as human beings are in constant exchange with others, and our sense of self is as permeable as light.

Crossing is about experience and perception, the boundaries of our body, as well as our own existence.