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This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Train In Vein” featuring works by artist Jim Lambie in 2015 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Train In Vein” featuring works by artist Jim Lambie in 2015 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Train In Vein” featuring works by artist Jim Lambie in 2015 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Train In Vein” featuring works by artist Jim Lambie in 2015 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Train In Vein” featuring works by artist Jim Lambie in 2015 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Train In Vein” featuring works by artist Jim Lambie in 2015 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Train In Vein” featuring works by artist Jim Lambie in 2015 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Train In Vein” featuring works by artist Jim Lambie in 2015 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Train In Vein” featuring works by artist Jim Lambie in 2015 at Anton Kern Gallery.
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Works

This is a work titled Hot Sky by artist Jim Lambie made in 2015. The materials are Potato bags, chrome paint, expanding foam on canvas, and the dimensions are 82 inches by 65 inches by 27 inches.This is a work titled Burning Spear by artist Jim Lambie made in 2015. The materials are Potato bags, chrome paint, expanding foam on canvas, and the dimensions are 78.25 inches by 69 inches by 25.75 inches.This is a work titled Blusher (Hot Cheeks) by artist Jim Lambie made in 2015. The materials are Potato bags, chrome paint, expanding foam on canvas, and the dimensions are 83.44 inches by 71.5 inches by 29.25 inches.This is a work titled Submission by artist Jim Lambie made in 2015. The materials are Suitcase, plexiglass mirror, gloss and enamel paints, and the dimensions are 26 inches by 56.32 inches by 32.07 inches.This is a work titled Weird Scenes Inside The Goldmine by artist Jim Lambie made in 2015. The materials are Potato bags, chrome paint, expanding foam on canvas, leather belts, and the dimensions are 36.5 inches by 27 inches by 22 inches.This is a work titled Train in Vein by artist Jim Lambie made in 2015. The materials areSuitcase, plexiglass mirror, gloss and enamel paints, and the dimensions are 8.25 inches by 20.5 inches by 27.75 inches.This is a work titled Bookcase (Pretty Vacant) by artist Jim Lambie made in 2015. The materials are Chairs, rags, wire, books, bucket, straws, concrete, plexiglass mirror, suitcase, gloss, acrylic and enamel paints, dimensions variable.This is a work titled Bookcase (Native Love) by artist Jim Lambie made in 2015. The materials are Bicycle inner tubes, black gaffer tape, wire, plexiglass mirror, mirror ball motor, suitcase, books, gloss, acrylic and enamel paints, dimensions variable. This is a work titled Easter Everywhere (R.E.M. Roky Erickson/Magritte) by artist Jim Lambie made in 2015. The materials are Steel, plastic, and wood train, internal smoke machine, paint, found books, and the dimensions are 25 inches by 48 inches by 16 inches.

Press Release

Jim Lambie

Train In Vein

November 7 –
December 19, 2015

October 22 — For his upcoming solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, Glasgow-based artist Jim Lambie will present a colorful new body of sculptures that will inhabit an immersive installation from floor to ceiling. In a cheeky reversal of The Clash’s song Train in Vain, Lambie titles his exhibition Train in Vein to describe the rush of energy these works channel to the viewer’s senses.

 

A musician before he became a visual artist, Lambie has a synesthetic approach to his art practice. Colors are harmonies and pattern and repetition form rhythms. The artist was originally in a band with members of what came to be Teenage Fanclub, and in 2012 established The Poetry Club, a “hub for art, music, performance, spoken word and billows of smoke” that continues to be a vital part of the Glasgow art and music scene today. Mounted high on the wall inside The Poetry Club is ‘The Flying Scotsman,’ a train engine that moonlights as a smoke machine. In the back gallery, the train will emerge from a painted sun, marking the core of the exhibition. The appropriation and repurposing of this object ties in with the other works that make up Train in Vein, with each element constructed from found objects to create sculptures that are steeped in the spirit of the UK punk explosion with garish tones, bold display, and references to both bands and songs from an array of movements.

 

Lambie explores the potential of everyday materials and objects sourced from charity shops, like old suitcases, mirrors and popular books, as well as industrially manufactured materials like gaffer tape and potato bags. This use of ordinary objects reflects the DIY nature of the post-punk scene, where zealous participants created a subculture out of materials that were perceived as broken, obsolete, or undesirable. In his sculptures and installations, he embraces each object’s right to meaning while also prioritizing the act of looking. His works acknowledge that the viewer comes with an understanding, a pre-existing history with the component materials, that adds to their experience of it as an artwork. According to Lambie, the things we recognize—paint, potato bags, color— “set up a reverberation between them and our possibly unconscious previous visual experience with them. These works don’t want to create a new world into which we can escape, they want to bounce the world back to us, encouraging us to look at it again.”

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