The Metaphysics of Sculpture is Dutch artist Pieter Obels’ first solo show in London, which features a selection of steel sculptures across two floors of the Rosenfeld Porcini gallery in London’s Fitzrovia. One sculpture is being displayed in Soho Square as part of the exhibition, and another four are on show at the Rosewood Hotel in London.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAObels’ work explores the sculptural possibilities of steel, transforming the rough and austere material into something seemingly more natural and free of limitations. The rust coloured sculptures disrupt the stark white walls of the gallery, responding to the rigidness and severity of the city, where the straight line is met with the soft curves of Obels’ sculptures, embracing the natural beauty which is often overlooked within the urban landscape.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe fragile and precarious balance which is present in his work plays with the nature of the material and undermines its more industrialised use within the context of a gallery. When placed outside, the brown colour and natural curves of Obels’ work blends naturally into its surrounding landscape rather than imposing upon it, making the hand of the artist minimal when viewing the work.

This weekend is your last chance to see Pieter Obels’ exhibition at Rosenfeld Porcini.

Words and photography: William Penny