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This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Spiritualized” featuring works by Jim Lambie in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Spiritualized” featuring works by Jim Lambie in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Spiritualized” featuring works by Jim Lambie in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Spiritualized” featuring works by Jim Lambie in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Spiritualized” featuring works by Jim Lambie in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Spiritualized” featuring works by Jim Lambie in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Spiritualized” featuring works by Jim Lambie in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Spiritualized” featuring works by Jim Lambie in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Spiritualized” featuring works by Jim Lambie in 2011 at Anton Kern Gallery.
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Works

This is a work titled Vortex (Hoochie Coochie) by artist Jim Lambie made in 2011. The materials are MDF, printed vinyl poster and full gloss paint, and the dimensions are 16 inches by 16 inches by 15.75 inches.This is a work titled Metal Box (Gin and Juice) by artist Jim Lambie made in 2011. The materials are Aluminum, wood and full gloss paint, and the dimensions are 49.25 inches by 49.25 inches by 9.5 inches.This is a work titled Vortex (Bringing It All Back Home) by artist Jim Lambie made in 2011. The materials are MDF, printed vinyl poster and full gloss paint, and the dimensions are 43.5 inches by 51.875 inches by 17.75 inches.This is a work titled Belt Buckle (Voodoo Ray) by artist Jim Lambie made in 2011. The materials are steel and spray paint, and the dimensions are 13 inches by 7.5 inches by 5.4 inches.This is a work titled Sun Orchid by artist Jim Lambie made in 2011. The materials are Aluminum, polished steel, wood and full gloss paint, and the dimensions are 98.5 inches by 296 inches by 10 inches.This is a work titled Belt Buckle (Subterranean Homesick Blues) by artist Jim Lambie made in 2011. The materials are steel and spray paint, and the dimensions are 15.5 inches by 7.5 inches by 8.25 inches.This is a work titled Zip Code by artist Jim Lambie made in 2011. The materials are Zippers and gesso on canvas, and the dimensions are 96 inches by 72 inchesThis is a work titled Vortex (Sticky Fingers) by artist Jim Lambie made in 2011. The materials are MDF, printed vinyl poster and full gloss paint, and the dimensions are 38.125 inches by 51 inches by 18.25 inches.This is a work titled Spiritualized by artist Jim Lambie made in 2011. The materials are Galvanized steel, cement, powder coated paint, glass, cotton and automotive paint, and the dimensions are 70.5 inches by 108 inches by 98 inchesThis is a work titled Digitized by artist Jim Lambie made in 2011. The materials are glass, metal and cotton, and the dimensions are 125 inches by 55 inches by 7 inches.

Press Release

Jim Lambie

Spiritualized

November 3 –
December 23, 2011

October 6, 2011—Jim Lambieʼs fifth solo-exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery feels like a living organism with different parts of one body fulfilling a variety of functions while reverberating in bright colors. The galleryʼs white walls are penetrated by several circular multicolored Vortex cut-outs; a large belt sculpture balances on a circle of cast metal chairs; crushed and disassembled pieces of metal armature are encased in blocks of concrete; an entire wall is covered in layered and brightly colored sheets of metal, called Metal Boxes, their corners folded like craft paper; cast belts of differing sizes and materials are hovering on the walls; a group of Zip Paintings containing outbursts of color; and a disarmingly brilliant and simple wall sculpture consisting of rolled-up tshirts in glass jars occupies one entire corner.

 

The astonishing variety of materials, none of which are traditional art materials, ranges from found charity shop and household items (t-shirts, jars, belts, zippers, posters, chairs) to industrial materials (paint, MDF board, sheet metal, cement), including their inherent transformative properties such as cutting and casting.

 

Lambieʼs approach to art making is informed by a few fundamental ideas. A rock musician before he became a visual artist, the artist uses color in a way that is deeply rooted in color theory and specifically relates to the concept of synesthesia, an analogous experience between music and the color spectrum in which the stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. Different from his rather esoteric predecessors, Lambieʼs choice of color composition is determined by a sense of directness and everyday availability. The modern world seems his source and palette. Which sheds light onto Lambieʼs other basic feature, his Glaswegian origin. Lambie is deeply immersed in the history of a place characterized by the tension between industrialization and liberation movements such as William Morrisʼ utopianism and socialism and the Arts and Crafts movement at large. The Glasgow School of Art, designed by Scottish architect and fellow Arts and Crafts member Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and also Lambieʼs place of study, is an incarnation of such utopian ideas. Echoing Mackintosh, Lambieʼs concern is to build around the needs of people: people seen, not as masses, but as individuals who needed not a machine for living in but a work of art. Lambie shows how we can maintain a sense of self in an over-commodified world of sameness.

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