Jim Lambie solo exhibition set for Generation retrospective
Fruitmarket host Glasgow-born artist's show including his iconic 1999 work ZOBOP
The first time Fiona Bradley, director of Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery, was introduced to the work of Glasgow enfant terrible Jim Lambie was in the Transmission Gallery in 1999. She remembers, as many of us do, the iconic multi-coloured floor decoration ZOBOP and Ultralow, a video of the artist smoking his way through a packet of cigarettes in the dark, and now, 15 years later, these pieces will appear in her gallery as part of Lambie’s retrospective show there, part of the GENERATION series of exhibitions taking place this summer. Alongside them will be the sculptural likes of Roadie (a record turntable and some brightly coloured coat hangers), Digital (a circle of leather jackets) and Plaza (paint and plastic bags), as well as a new version of Shaved Ice with 33 brightly coloured, mirrored ladders stretching floor to ceiling across the entire ground floor.
There will also be a publication celebrating Lambie’s Glasgow-based Poetry Club. ‘The exhibition will remind people how beguiling and easy to engage with Jim’s work is,’ says Bradley, ‘and how much it rewards that engagement. Like all great art it seems simple, but it reaches out to connect with you in complex and often unexpected ways. Several of Jim's themes and ways of working will be here – the importance of music, its artefacts and ephemera; his incredible way with colour; and his ability to change the mood of a space and its inhabitants with what he puts in it.’
Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Fri 27 Jun to Sun 19 Oct