The Fruitmarket Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the work of Jim Lambie, one of Scotland’s most internationally significant artists. Known for visually compelling, generous and beguiling work which attracts both popular and critical acclaim, Lambie came to prominence with Zobop, a floor-based sculptural intervention that consists of continuous lines of multi-coloured vinyl tape laid in concentric circuits of a room from its outside edges to its centre. First shown in Transmission in Glasgow in 1999, it is now in several major international collections.
Lambie’s work makes its magic from relatively humble materials – tinfoil and coat hangers, jackets, mirrors, records, turntables, potato sacks, plastic bags and household paint. Bringing together early sculptures like Stakka, Roadie, The Kid with the Replaceable Head, Ultra-Low and Zobop, and more recent work such as a spectacular new version of Shaved Ice that fills the ground floor of the Gallery with a forest of floor to ceiling, brightly coloured mirrored ladders, this exhibition offers the opportunity to trace the development of Lambie’s exuberantly intelligent and visually arresting sculptural language.
The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication that celebrates one of Jim Lambie’s most generous sculptures: a poetry club he established in Glasgow in 2012. With music and poetry from a range of performers including Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Liz Lochhead and John Giorno, the poetry club has over the last 2 years hosted a rich assemblage of some of the people who, in Lambie’s words, ‘give us our dreams’.