· By Frank Nicholls
Jim Lambie's Mesmerising Floorscapes
Jim Lambie, Turner Prize nominee 2005, creates vibrant work using easily sourced, modern, household materials and reprocesses their function to re energise them into points of reference in modern culture. His most recognised work ‘Zobop- 1998’ uses vinyl tape to map out the site-specific architectural footprint. The work starts from the perimeter towards the centre of the space, creating an illusion of expansion and movement. Flowing fluorescent stripes draw the viewers eyes down stairs, warping colourful lines against every step aims to provoke a personal resonance between viewer and the site.
His sculptures embrace the architecture with bold juxtaposition; strong colours thrash the floors of white walled environments, transforming the space into an energetic and sensory experience. The immediate response between the viewer and the sculpture is one of the main interests of Lambie’s work, based as a response between psychology, space and colour, rather than a political or theory based discipline.
“Encapsulating ideologies in art history, and arbitrated by cultural deities, Lambie allows himself to work liberally and outside the constraints of a single medium or dimension.”- The Modern Institute.
Jim Lambie’s work can be seen in the exhibition ‘ I Still Believe In Miracles’ at Inverleith House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh until 23 October 2016.