Visitors to Antony Gormley’s current show at White Cube, “States and Conditions, Hong Kong,” are greeted by a stumbling block. Ease, 2012, a lump of iron boxes, is placed directly in front of the gallery’s main entrance. It’s a deliberately jarring placement that forces a small detour and a shift in perception; think of it as a palate cleanser that readies visitors for what lies ahead.
The exhibition nods to Hong Kong’s hyperdense high-rise environment and the ways in which it is experienced. This is made clear by Murmur, 2014, an enormous structure of overlapping steel frames that fills the