Glasgow visual artist and Turner Prize nominee Jim Lambie is currently in the midst of a retrospective at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. The first thing that strikes you about Lambie’s work and the exhibition is his striking use of colour. Along the whole of the upstairs gallery space, snaking across the gallery floor is “Zobop” (1999), a series of multicoloured geometric lines like something out of Mario Kart. It thrills the eyes and stimulates the mind.
Working primarily with sculpture, the works presented here span different decades but are connected by a harmonious visual style. Lambie’s background in music is evident in this retrospective with pieces like “Roadie” (1999), which features a vinyl player covered in a layer of studded black diamonds. There is a lot of fun to be had with his artwork, a playful almost child-like air permeates so much of what he does. Sourcing material from everyday items like tin foil, bin liners and coat hangers these are transformed into something otherworldly in his hands.
Photography by Christopher Smail, © Scene 360