Lawrence Weiner
AT A DISTANCE TO THE FOREGROUND, 1999

AT A DISTANCE TO THE FOREGROUND in a rectangular white box, lined in blue, painted onto the side of the Fire Station

Lawrence Weiner, AT A DISTANCE TO THE FOREGROUND, 1999. Installation view at the South London Gallery Fire Station, 2021. Photo: Andy Stagg

As of February 2021, Lawrence Weiner’s work, AT A DISTANCE TO THE FOREGROUND, 1999 has been visible on the gable end of the SLG’s Fire Station annexe.

AT A DISTANCE TO THE FOREGROUND is the first permanent public artwork by Lawrence Weiner in London. Weiner is one of the most important artists of his generation, known since the 1960s for his engaging and influential work presenting art as a language form.

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.