Richard Saltoun Gallery, in association with Karsten Schubert, announces an exhibition of Roelof Louw's Rolled Lead Piece of 1970. This important work of British Conceptual art was last exhibited at the international survey exhibition Between Man and Matter: Tokyo Biennale 1970.
The final show to be staged in Karsten Schubert Gallery's space in London's Soho, the work will take over an entire room and consists of sheets of lead, rolled and then pushed towards the gallery walls. The lead sheets themselves are specified to a particular weight, in relation to the gallery surface area. Arising out of the Process Art movement of the 1960s, the work emphasizes the process of its own construction and tests the limits of the human body. It uses a traditional sculptural material - lead - in a non-traditional form and manner. The physical act of rolling out the lead becomes part of the work, with the work being interrupted at various stages and documented. The process is completed, when the exhibition has ended and the lead removed, ultimately destroying the gallery floor, and sold back to the supplier at the end of the exhibition for scrap.