June 27, 2014 - The Fruitmarket Gallery - Jim Lambie
June 27, 2014

Jim Lambie

Jim Lambie, Shaved Ice, 2012/2014. Wooden ladders, mirrors, household fluorescent paint, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd.

Jim Lambie
27 June–19 October 2014

The Fruitmarket Gallery
45 Market Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1DF

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The Fruitmarket Gallery’s summer exhibition is a major solo show 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 (1999), 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 at Transmission, Glasgow, 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 sculpture like The Kid with the Replaceable Head (1996), Ultralow (1998/2007), Stakka (1999), Roadie (1999), and Zobop (1999), with more recent work including a spectacular new version of Shaved Ice (2012/14) 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.       
Bringing together two decades of sculpture and installation, the exhibition is part of Edinburgh Art Festival 2014 and GENERATION, a Scotland-wide celebration of the past 25 years of work by some of Scotland’s most prominent artists, timed to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow.

Jim Lambie: Not just for me: A sampler of The Poetry.
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. Including poetry from Patti Smith, Richard Hell, Liz Lochhead, John Giorno, Soul Williams and Gerard Malanaga, the book presents a sample of The Poetry Club, a rich assemblage of some of the people who, in Lambie’s words, ‘give us our dreams.’ To pre-order your copy, contact bookshop [​at​] fruitmarket.co.uk.

Talks and events
All talks are recorded and are available online after the event. Booking is recommended, to guarantee your place call +0131 226 8181 or email bookshop [​at​] fruitmarket.co.uk.

Talk: Michael Bracewell on Jim Lambie
Wednesday 1 October, 6:30–7:45pm; free
Internationally acclaimed writer, novelist and cultural commentator Michael Bracewell (author of  England is Mine, Re-make/Re-model and The Space Between) explores Jim Lambie’s work in relation to its broader cultural context. 

Panel discussion: “Words, Objects, Actions, Art”
Thursday 9 October, 6:30–8pm
Refreshments from 6pm
Writer Maria Fusco (University of Edinburgh), artists Michael Landy and art historian Luke Skrebowski (University of Cambridge) discuss Jim Lambie’s practice, The Poetry Club, and larger ideas about the event as a work of art. Chaired by Fiona Bradley.  

Amplified tour
Thursday 4 September, 2–3pm; free
An exhibition tour designed with portable FM hearing loops, for visitors who are hard of hearing.

Descriptive tour
Thursday 4 September, 6:30–8pm; free, 10 places
An exhibition tour designed for visually impaired visitors. Including detailed descriptions of Jim Lambie’s work and practice, this tour is open to everyone.

Group tours
Including an introduction to the exhibition, bookings must be made in advance. Please call
+0131 225 2383 or email info [​at​] fruitmarket.co.uk.

Saturday tours
Open to everyone, why not drop in for a free tour at 2pm each Saturday. No booking necessary.


Jim Lambie at The Fruitmarket Gallery
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