Jim Lambie (Scottish, b.1964), was born in Glasgow and graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1994. Lambie’s work focuses on intense visual stimulation, whether through the use of neon colors or the reusing of common cultural detritus. His sculptures use music paraphernalia such as posters and album covers. These works often populate spaces which have had their floors covered with his ongoing piece, Zobop. This work consists of vinyl strips of tape that follow the contours of the space, creating a dizzying environment highlighting the architecture and enhancing the aesthetic impression of the space. Lambie has had a long connection with music, having played in the band The Boy Hairdressers when he graduated from university. This connection extends into his work in the form of the materials he uses and in the names of his pieces, such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, a platform with chair pieces. In 2005, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for his work Mental Oyster. Lambie lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

Timeline

1990–1994
BA (Hons) Environmental Art, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
1998
British Council award toward residency at Triangle, Marseille, France
2000
Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists
2003
BBC Underground Award
Lives and works in Glasgow

Exhibitions

2008
ACCA, Melbourne (solo)
2008
Colour Chart, MoMA, New York
2008
Towada Art Project, Towada Art Centre, Towada, Japan
2007
Reconstruction 2, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
2007
Passion Complex: Selected Works from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
2007
Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
2007
RSVP: Jim Lambie, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (solo)
2007
The Prismatics, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (solo)
2007
Melting Point, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
2007
Domestic Irony. A curious glance at private Italian collections, Museion, Bolzano
2007
Substance & Surface, Bortolami, New York
2007
Breaking Step, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade
2007
Half Square, Half Crazy, Villa Arson, Nice
2007
Off the Wall, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
2006
All Hawaii Entrées / Lunar Reggae, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2006
In the darkest hour there may be light, Serpentine Gallery, London
2006
JaGGy-edge, The Travelling Gallery, touring Scotland
2006
Among The Ash Heaps And Millionaires, Ancient & Modern, London
2006
Jim Lambie, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (solo)
2006
Directions - Jim Lambie, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (solo)
2006
P.I.L., Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo (solo)
2006
How to Improve the World, British Art 1946-2006, Hayward Gallery, London
2006
Life’s a Beach, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
2006
absract art now – strictly geometrical?, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein
2006
Strange Powers, Creative Time, New York
2006
IMPLOSION, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
2006
Gregor Schneider: Totalschaden/Total Damage, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
2006
If it didn’t exist you’d have to invent it: a partial Showroom history, The Showroom, London
2005
The Turner Prize, (nominee), Tate Britain, London
2005
Experiencing Duration, Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon
2005
Prisms & Shadows, (curated by Toby Paterson), Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow
2005
The Byrds, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (solo)
2005
Shoulder Pad, Sadie Coles HQ, London (solo)
2005
Concentrations 47: Jim Lambie, Thirteenth Floor Elevator, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas (solo)
2005
Omaggio al Quadrato, Franco Noero, Turin
2005
Minimalism and After IV, Daimler Chrysler Contemporary, Berlin
2005
Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York
2005
Stalemate, MCA, Chicago
2005
Into My World: Recent British Sculpture, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Connecticut.
2005
Sodium & Asphalt, (British Council touring exhibition), Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Monterrey
2004
54th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg
2004
From Aural Sculpture to Sound by Ink, Galerie Art:Concept, Paris
2004
Collage, Bloomberg SPACE, London
2004
Brand New and Retro, UP Projects, The Empire, London
2004
Synth, Kunstraum B/2, Leipzig
2004
Ouroboros, CCA, Glasgow
2004
Boros Collection, ZKM, Karlsruhe
2004
My Boyfriend’s Back, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf (solo)
2004
Mental Oyster, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (solo)
2004
Grand Funk, OPA, Guadalajara (solo)
2004
Mars Hotel, Franco Noero, Turin, and Sonia Rosso, Pordenone (solo)
2003
Male Stripper, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (solo)
2003
Kebabylon, Inverleith House, Edinburgh (solo)
2003
Paradise Garage, The Moore Space, Miami (solo)
2003
Basic Instinct: Minimalism Past, Present, and Future, MCA, Chicago
2003
ZENOMAP – New Works from Scotland for the Venice Biennale, 50th Venice Biennale, Venice
2003
Painting on Sculpture, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
2003
Objects in mirror are closer than they appear, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
2003
Il racconto del filo. Cucito e ricamo nell’arte Contemporanea (The tale of the other thread. Sewing and Embroidery in Contemporary Art), MART – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Trento
2003
The Moderns, Castello di Rivoli, Turin
2003
Cut Out, Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich
2003
Architecture Schmarchitecture, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2003
Days Like These, Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London
2003
Painting Not Painting, Tate St. Ives, St. Ives
2003
The Fourth Sex, Fondazione Pitti Immagine, Florence
2003
Love Over Gold, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
2003
The Moderns, Fondazione Pitti Immagine, Florence
2003
Outlook, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens
2003
Plunder, Culture as Material, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
2003
Bad Behaviour from the Arts Council Collection, (touring exhibition), Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, England; Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberrystwyth, Wales; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales; The Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle, Newcastle; Tullie House, Carlisle
2003
Silver Convention, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
2003
The Unhomely, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
2002
VIP, Very Important Pictures, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal, Switzerland
2002
EU2, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
2002
Greyscale/ CMYK, Tramway, Glasgow; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2002
New – Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary British Art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
2002
Early One Morning, Whitechapel Gallery, London
2002
Jim, Jonathon, Kenny, Frances, and Sol, Stedlijk Bureau, Amsterdam
2002
Electric Dreams, Barbican Gallery, London
2002
Hello My Name Is…, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
2002
RomaRomaRoma, Rome
2002
Acid Trails, Art|Basel|Miami Beach, (with The Modern Institute), Miami (solo)
2002
The Breeder, Athens (solo)
2002
Salon Unisex, Sadie Coles HQ, London (solo)
2002
Hot Butter, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (solo)
2002
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, Galleria Sonia Rosso, Pordenone
2002
My Head is on Fire but my Heart is Full of Love, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen
2002
Painted, Printed & Produced in Great Britain, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills
2002
Superlounge, Gale Gates et al, Brooklyn, New York
2002
Life Is Beautiful, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle
2002
Sudden Glory: Sightgags and Slapsticks in Contemporary Art, California College of Arts and Crafts/ CCAC Institute, San Francisco
2002
Tailsliding, (British Council touring show), Centre for Contemporary Art, Vilnius; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallin; Centro de Arte de Salamanca (CASA), Salamanca; Turku Art Museum, Turku
2001
Here and Now, Scottish Art 1990-2001, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee
2001
Between Object and Arabesque, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense
2001
Funktional Fictional, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
2001
Jim Lambie, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (solo)
2001
Boy Hairdresser, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (solo)
2001
Blank Generation, Jack Hanley, San Francisco (solo)
2001
Jim Lambie, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin (solo)
2001
SchattenRisse/ Shadows, Silhouettes and Cut-Outs, Städtische Galerie Lenbachhaus, München
2001
Painting at the Edge of the World, Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis
2001
Superimposition, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York
2001
G3NY13, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York
2001
Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, The LAB, San Francisco
2001
Songs of Love and Hate: Side A, Galerie Wieland, Berlin
2001
I Love New York, (benefit show), Anton Kern Gallery, New York
2000
Electric City, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
2000
Off the record, Bucknell Art Gallery, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
2000
Raumkörper, Netze und andere Gebilde, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
2000
Jim Lambie, Konrad Fisher Galerie, Düsseldorf (solo)
2000
Fictional, Triangle, Paris (solo)
2000
Galleria Sonia Rosso, Pordenone (solo)
2000
Black Gloss, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (solo)
2000
Hoxton HQ, Sadie Coles HQ at Hoxton House, London
2000
What If: Art on the verge of architecture and design, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2000
The British Art Show 5, Edinburgh; Cardiff; Birmingham; Southampton
2000
Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles
2000
Herz aus Glas, Parking Meters, Cologne
2000
Dream Machines, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; Mapin Gallery, Sheffield; Camden Arts Centre, London
2000
Heart and Soul, Los Angeles
1999
Matthew Higgs @ Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
1999
Papermake, Modern Art Inc., London
1999
Creeping Revolution, Foksal Gallery, Warsaw
1999
Weird Glow, Sadie Coles HQ, London (solo)
1999
Voidoid, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (solo)
1999
ZOBOP, The Showroom Gallery, London (solo)
1999
‘To be continued...’, Walsall Public Projects, Walsall, England
1999
Dots and Loops, MK Expositeruimte, Rotterdam
1999
Heart and Soul, 60 Long Lane, London
1999
The Queen is Dead, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh
1999
Silk Purse, Waygood Gallery, Newcastle
1998
Lovecraft, Spacex Gallery, Exeter
1998
All or Nothing, La Friche Gallery Triangle, Marseille
1998
Slant6, Jacob Javit’s Center, New York
1998
The Modern Institute at Sadie Coles HQ, Sadie Coles HQ, London
1998
Host, Tramway, Glasgow
1998
Ultralow, (The Modern Institute film screening), Carnival, Soho, London (solo)
1998
Two Up, Property Gallery, Glasgow
1997
This is...These are, Kirsty Ogg, Norwich
1997
European Couples and Others, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
1996
The World of Ponce, Southpark, Glasgow
1996
Brain Mail, Broad Studio 17, Cal Arts, Los Angeles
1996
Girls High, The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
1996
Sick Building, Globe Gallery, Copenhagen
1996
Insanestupidphatfuctpervert, Concrete Skates, Glasgow; Cubitt Street, London
1996
Art for People, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
1996
Kilt ou Double, La Vigie-Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France
1995
In Stereo, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
1995
Sun Hung Low, Assembly Gallery, Glasgow
1995
Jonnie Wilkes & Jim Lambie, 115 Dalriada, Glasgow