‘The everyday and universal objects are often overlooked and ignored. I am bringing these elements into sharp focus. Placing them in a more central role.’
Jim Lambie is celebrated for his vibrant artworks, made from familiar everyday materials - imbuing a pop-aesthetic into his immediate surroundings to transform the space whilst simultaneously drawing the viewer’s attention toward architectural idiosyncrasies and otherwise unseen details. Colour and reflection embody Lambie’s repertoire of ready-made and found materials of electrical and vinyl tape, of album covers, threads, beads, sunglass lens, doors and of the gloss surfaces which he applies to structural forms such as steel, foam and wood. Through this merging of architecture, art and design, Lambie creates complex sculptures and environments that emphasise the material, surface, and the handmade which align his work with the history of applied arts and a wider correlation with society, art and labour. His practice imbues the spirit of his hometown of Glasgow where an acute consciousness of the social, economic and cultural context runs throughout.
Jim Lambie studied Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art. He has exhibited worldwide with solo presentations including Spiral Scratch, Pacific Place, Hong Kong (2018); I am a laser, VoidoidARCHIVE, Glasgow (2016; with Jennifer Herrema); Shaved Ice, Untlimited, Art Basel, Basel (2015); Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2014); Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas (2011); Forever Changes, GoMA Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2008); Unknown Pleasures, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2008); RSVP, MFA Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2008); and Directions, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2007).
In 2005, Lambie was nominated for the Turner Prize. Upcoming and recent group exhibitions include MY C ART OGRAPHY. The Erling Kagge Collection, Sala de Arte Santander, Madrid (2020); Cut and Paste | 400 Years of Collage, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two), National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh (2019); Op Art In Focus, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (2018); Artistic Differences, ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2016); Summer Exhibition 2015, The Royal Academy of Arts, London (2015); You Imagine What You Desire, 19 th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney. In 2004, he participated in the 54th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and represented Scotland at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003. A major monograph on his work was published by Skira Rizzoli in 2017, with contributions from Suzanne Cotter, Daniel Baumann and Sophie Woodward.