Glaswegian artist Jim Lambie's current exhibition, Spiritualized, at the Anton Kern Gallery delivers an eclectic group of rainbow-colored, musically influenced works composed of unconventional materials. Zippers slash across white canvases in a punkish sort of way. Giant, rolled up, colorful belts made from steel and spray paint hang in various spots throughout the gallery whilst a long, loop-de-looped blue one sits atop a group of chairs with seat cushions made of cinder blocks. Pieces of a dismembered suit of armor poke out of a large installation made of stacked blocks of cement and sheets of steel and aluminum. A series of reflective aluminum squares with folded-over corners resembling sheets of construction paper line an entire wall. Rainbow-colored vortexes shoot straight through the gallery walls -- one vortex is flanked by black-and-white images of Bob Dylan while another pierces a photo of Mick Jagger's face. In one corner, glass jars, each filled with a brightly-colored t-shirt, neatly dot the white walls.
A former rock musician, Lambie's vibrant, colorful work is influenced by synethesia, "an analogous experience between music and the color spectrum in which the stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway," (from the show's press release). This would help explain the musical references the artist uses in several titles of his works as well as the images of rock icons.
While all the works in Spiritualized are vibrant and fun, the larger-scale, seemingly more complicated pieces made of industrial materials are overshadowed by the simple, low-tech, arts and craftsy wall sculpture, Digitized, made of jars and t-shirts collected from a charity shop. Learn more at Antonkerngallery.com. Through December 17th.
Installation view. Spiritualized, 2011 in foreground.
Sun Orchid, 2011
Top to bottom: Vortex (Hoochie Coochie), 2011 and Belt Buckle (Misirlou), 2011
Close-up of Vortex (Hoochie Coochie), 2011
Close-up of Digitized, 2011
Vortex (Sticky Fingers), 2011
Belt Buckle (Voodoo Ray), 2011
Metal Box (I've Been Lovin' You), 2011
Zip Code, 2011
Top to Bottom: Vortex (Bringing It All Back Home), 2011 and Belt Buckle (Subterranean Homesick Blues), 2011