Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents Jim Lambie solo exhibition
This November, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents Wild Is The Wind, a new exhibition of work by Scottish contemporary artist Jim Lambie. Marking Lambie’s second solo exhibition at the gallery and presented for the first time in Australia, Wild Is The Wind will feature a new seven-screen video installation, and recontextualised sunglasses and doors as vibrant wall sculptures.
The artist takes humble materials and transforms them into bright and joyful work; with this exhibition including sunglass lenses, doors, clothing, jars, vinyl records and film, rendered them into surprising art works that pulse with the musical energy Lambie imbues in everything he makes.
Lambie’s lens works are comprised of found sunglass lenses that are fused together using traditional artisanal techniques inspired by traditional stained glass windows. The result is a contemporary, rock’n’roll remix of the medium’s traditional techniques, using the ultimate symbol of cool. Viewers and their surroundings are reflected in each colourful lens, transforming the gallery and our perception into a vibrant, undulating landscape of colour, rhythm, movement, and groove. Creating an optical dance with the familiar, offering a reverberating new context for the objects, pushing the viewer into unexpected ways of seeing them and the surrounding gallery environment.
The door sculptures are comprised of wooden doors typical of Lambie’s home city, Glasgow, that have been quartered and reassembled into rectangular columns. They are then spray painted with colourful gradients and hung on the wall in different numerical iterations and distance separations. The everyday door becomes an inspired surface on which Lambie takes his keen interest in colour and transforms the object into a vibrant and shimmering landscape. Using the functioning opening and closing of the door as a metaphor for the rise and set of the sun.
Lambie will present a new video installation titled ‘Self-Portrait (in seven parts)’. On each screen, the artist appears briefly in his studio; a wall filled with paint splashes serves as the background as he raises a spray-paint can and slowly soaks the screen with a colour; it rests for a while and then the sequence repeats. A master of colour and the energy it creates, the result is a subtle, satisfying, and meditative experience. Colour combinations change, rhythms and patterns are never repeated. A truly unique work of colour, film and portraiture.
Jim Lambie’s work is included in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Edinburgh National Gallery, TATE, Zabludowicz Collection, DESTE Foundation, Rubell Family Collection, Albright Knox Museum, Mora Foundation, Cincinnati Art Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 2000, Lambie was presented the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in London; and in 2005 his installation Mental Oyster was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. He represented Scotland at the 50th Venice Biennale.
Recent solo exhibitions include Skin Shape, Anton Kern (2018), Totally Wired, Franco Noero, Italy (2018); Spiral Scratch, Pacific Place, Hong Kong (2018); and Both Ends Burning, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Dusseldorf (2018). Other recent group exhibitions include Op Art in Focus, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (2018); Mad World, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Five Plus Five: Sculptures of China and Great Britain, Haikou Hainan Airlines Sun & Moon Plaza, Hainan, China (2018); and ISelf Collection: The Upset Bucket, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2018).