The highly respected American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner is known across the world for his text-based works on buildings and walls, which he views as sculptures.

He is self-taught and has been making work since the early 1960s.

At a Distance to the Foreground, a work that has been presented in various locations and graphic formations since its creation in 1999, has been selected by South London Gallery (SLG) as the first permanent work by Weiner to join a public collection in the UK capital. The meaning of the text is open to interpretation, but it has certainly acquired a new resonance since the introduction of social distancing during the global pandemic.

This particular version of the work is installed on the side of SLG’s fire-station building, where it is visible to both gallery visitors and also passers-by on the busy Peckham Road.


Exhibition History:Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen, Mainz. 5 Elements 2 Times. 1998Lisson Gallery, London. Within A Realm Of Relative Form. 2005Foreground Projects, Frome, Somerset, England. Intervention/Decoration. 2009 Newlyn Art Gallery, Cornwall.

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