03 May — 16 June 2001
The centrepiece of Jim Lambieʼs show at the Galleria Franco Noero is the floor which has been totally covered with strips of vinyl adhesive tape.
During the installation process, the artist carefully accomodated anything that laid on the path of his adhesive strips, achieving an effect of psychedelic anarchy by weaving an obsessive maze out of minor architectural features of the gallery itself: cornices and corners, niches and power sockets. Lambieʼs mindbending alterations have taken over the gallery, creating a whirpool of thousand of vinyl strips that is reflected back by the walls of the gallery.
Both the title of the installation, ʻZobopʼ, and its many references to Pop Music reflect Jim Lambieʼs passion for music.
This glittering floor that tempts the viewer to sit down on it like a flower child creates a sense of cohesion out of an exhibition of multifarious items: posters, cut-up record sleeves , a vinyl record from the center of which treads of brightly coloured wool and wooden sticks cocooned in coloured strings that contain anything that the artist might has found on his way.
Lambie is big on transporting the viewer into a seemingly unimaginable space, yet his work is often generated from the everyday. Out of the context, most of his objects seem to have been assembled on the kitchen table. However in a gallery dispay they are elevated to a higher level of awareness.
Jim Lambie was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1964 and currently divides his time between his native city and New York. His few one-man shows in Europe and the United States have created a powerful impression. His work has also appeared in a number of group shows organised by museums and institutions, most recently ʻSilhouettesʼ at the Lembachhaus in Munich and ʻPainting at the edge of the Worldʼ, at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, both this year.
The show at Galleria Franco Noero was arranged in partnership with The Modern Institute, Glasgow, and the Galleria Sonia Rosso, Pordenone.