05/07/2022 - 23/07/2022

New Work - Sculpture

Beat Zoderer - The London Soap Opera

Soap as a sculptural raw material is somewhat unusual, but so were materials the artist employed throughout his career; these include office folders, tapes and hose pipes. Indeed, hose pipes were the source material for Beat’s first exhibition at our gallery following a previous residency here. The show coincided with the Hosepipe ban of 2006. It unintentionally ended up being as timely as the Soap-bars are today.

As we emerge from a period of intense hand-washing and germ-fitting, the material has taken on a new meaning in our everyday lives. No longer languishing in the corner of our sinks, the humble soap bar is now a kind of hero or barrier in our fight against the outside world and all its dangers. Indeed, over thousands of years, we came to absolve ourselves of the horrors encountered by washing our hands.

The history of soaps is littered with dirt and grime; this exhibition is the polar opposite. The abundance of colour, the playful use of geometry and the sensual quality of the material invite you to explore the sheer limitless scope of Zoderer’s artistic vocabulary.


Notting Hill 7 Ledbury Mews North, W11 2AF