Lawrence Weiner South London Gallery
The South London Gallery has unveiled Lawrence Weiner's work, AT A DISTANCE TO THE FOREGROUND, 1999, installed on the gable end of the SLG's Fire Station annexe. It is the first permanent public artwork by Weiner in London.
The work's installation on the Fire Station follows that of another work by Weiner, ALL IN DUE COURSE, that was temporarily shown on the façade in 2014 as part of his solo show at the SLG of the same name, signalling the transition of the then semi-derelict building into a beautifully renovated annexe for the SLG.
The idea of acquiring the work for the SLG came about before lockdown and social distancing had even been considered in the UK, so the contemporary resonance of the work is both coincidental and poignant.