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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Jim Lambie

b. 1964, United Kingdom

Jim Lambie was born 1964 in Glasgow, Scotland and graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994. Lambie lives and works in Glasgow, as a visual artist, musician and DJ.

Lambie specialises in colourful sculptural installations made from everyday modern materials including pop culture objects, such as posters and album covers, and household accessories. Lambie’s practice evolves from a response to the psychology of space and colour, utilising the two in a way that is deeply rooted in colour theory, and draws parallels with the concept of synesthesia, where the senses are combined such as when the hearing of a sound produces the visualization of a colour. Working on a scale and intensity that takes on the gallery space, Lambie is also deeply influenced by movements in art and the history of place. His work specifically relates to the industrial past of his hometown of Glasgow, and utopian liberation movements, such as William Morris’ Socialism and the Arts and Crafts movement.

Lambie sources his material directly from the modern world. Referencing popular culture and drawing his subject matter from music and iconic figures, he makes use of everyday objects; record sleeves, ornaments, clothing and furniture, both found and fabricated. He transforms these elements into new sculptural forms, re-energising them and giving them an alternative function.

His installations are usually site-specific, using existing architecture as inspiration. For his trademark floor installations he uses brightly coloured vinyl tape arranged into patterns around the floor of the gallery space, tracing the shape of the room to reveal the idiosyncrasies of its architecture. The vinyl tape, an everyday material applied in continuous lines, has a capacity to transform the dynamics of space, changing a quiet gallery space into an energetic and emotional space of sensory pleasure. Lambie creates a rhythm that vibrates and pulsates, and even confuses and disorients the spectator. According to Lambie: “For me something like Zobop, the floor piece, it is creating so many edges that they all dissolve. Is the room expanding or contracting? … Covering an object somehow evaporates the hard edge off the thing, and pulls you towards more of a dreamscape.”

Encapsulating ideologies in art history, and arbitrated by cultural deities, Lambie allows himself to work liberally and outside the constraints of a single medium or dimension. His installations reinvent the space into a dazzling interaction of colours, shapes and forms, challenging the viewer’s perceptions and creating an elaborate, otherworldly experience.

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Featured Artworks

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Zobop Colour Stairs by Jim Lambie contemporary artwork Jim LambieZobop Colour Stairs, 2003–2015 Coloured vinyl tape
The Modern Institute
Metal Box (Bucharest) by Jim Lambie contemporary artwork Jim LambieMetal Box (Bucharest), 2018 Aluminium and polished steel sheets, gloss paint
62.5 x 62.5 x 14 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
What You See Is What You Get by Jim Lambie contemporary artwork Jim LambieWhat You See Is What You Get, 2018 Sunglass lens, lead came, solder
20 x 44 x 4.5 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Other Planes of There, 2015 by Jim Lambie contemporary artwork Jim LambieOther Planes of There, 2015, 2015 bicycle inner tube, wire, gaffer tape, mirror ball motor
160 x 120 x 80 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Love in Outer Space by Jim Lambie contemporary artwork Jim LambieLove in Outer Space, 2015 Potato bags, acrylic paint, expanding foam on canvas
203 x 185 x 69 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Zero Concerto by Jim Lambie contemporary artwork Jim LambieZero Concerto, 2015 Leather shoe, black paint, plastic bag
88 x 35 x 24 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
It’s Tricky by Jim Lambie contemporary artwork Jim LambieIt’s Tricky, 2015 Found suitcase, mirror, enamel paint
30 x 45 x 46 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery
Don’t Fight It, Feel It by Jim Lambie contemporary artwork Jim LambieDon’t Fight It, Feel It, 2015 Wooden chair, leather shoe, black paint, handbag straps
123 x 173 x 80 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Jim Lambie, Zero Concerto at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
13 August–26 September 2015 Jim Lambie Zero Concerto Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
Contemporary art exhibition, Jim Lambie, The Flowers of Romance at Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong
17 April–5 May 2013 Jim Lambie The Flowers of Romance Pearl Lam Galleries, Pedder Street, Hong Kong

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A guide to Sydney Art Week Ocula Report A guide to Sydney Art Week 8 Sep 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

There’s no question, art fairs these days attract a lot of focus. But it’s also fascinating the way they can ignite a city and become a focal point for all sorts of art activity. This week, Sydney Contemporary presents work from over 90 Australian and international galleries at Carriageworks in the inner city. Fair director Barry...

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Jim Lambie Ocula Conversation Jim Lambie Artist, Glasgow

Currently on show at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney, Zero Concerto is Jim Lambie’s first commercial solo exhibition in Australia. Although Australians are no stranger to this acclaimed Glaswegian’s work, as he has previously created variations of his signature floor installation, ZOBOP, for both the Australian Centre for...

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In Related Press

Jim Lambie: Perceptions of Domesticity Related Press Jim Lambie: Perceptions of Domesticity Aesthetica Magazine : 1 December 2016

Glaswegian visual artist Jim Lambie (b. 1964) graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994 and has since gained international acclaim, winning the 2005 Turner Prize for the installation Mental Oyster, and exhibiting at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Hishorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, amongst...

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The genius of Jim Lambie’s 'Zero Concerto' at Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney Related Press The genius of Jim Lambie’s 'Zero Concerto' at Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney Blouin ArtInfo : 3 September 2015

Glaswegian artist Jim Lambie has a wonderful talent for creating engaging, compelling, and playful works of art from humble, everyday materials as well as the usually overlooked sites and scenes at the periphery of human perception and consciousness. But that’s not the only reason that his first solo exhibition in Australia, the intriguingly...

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Zero Concerto: Jim Lambie Related Press Zero Concerto: Jim Lambie Artasia Pacific : 1 September 2015

Glasgow-based conceptual and installation artist Jim Lambie can take an interior space by the metaphorical scruff of the neck, give it a good shake and throw it back down totally transformed, by using of kilometers of either monochromatic or wildly-colored vinyl tape that are applied to the rooms’ ground surfaces. Strips of iridescent...

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Jim Lambie exhibition speaks to growing taste for international contemporary art Related Press Jim Lambie exhibition speaks to growing taste for international contemporary art The Australian Financial Review : 13 August 2015

Australian collectors are more interested than ever in international contemporary art, says Sydney dealer Roslyn Oxley.For Australian collectors, it's been a slow road to international contemporary art. It was 1968 when John Kaldor brought out Christo and Jeanne-Claude to wrap Little Bay. The Biennale of Sydney began five years later, and...

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