17 April–15 May, 2013
Press preview on 16 April, 2013, 3-5pm
Pearl Lam Galleries, 601–605, 6/F, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
HONG KONG, 16 April 2013—Internationally acclaimed Scottish artist Jim Lambie
takes over Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong with a major exhibition. The Flowers of
Romance is opening to the public on Wednesday 17 April 2013. The exhibition
showcases site-specific installations, which give an overview of Lambie’s creative
output over the last decade, displaying a mixture of dynamic new works alongside
iconic masterpieces from his oeuvre. Lambie’s work is a charged synthesis of colour,
line and space, which he employs to challenge viewers’ perceptions. The Flowers of
Romance, titled after an early British punk band from the 1970s and studio album by
Public Image Ltd released in 1981, represents a unique opportunity to see a number of
key works from Lambie’s career which reference popular culture and music.
Jim Lambie is a visual artist, musician and DJ from Glasgow, Scotland, whose global
recognition was confirmed by his nomination for the Turner Prize in 2005. He
specialises in colourful sculptural installations made from everyday modern materials
and his practice evolves from a response to the psychology of space and colour. He
utilises the two in a way that is deeply rooted in colour theory, and draws parallels with
the concept of synesthesia, awakening various senses.
Pearl Lam Galleries Hong Kong will be transformed by powerful installation works
including one of Lambie’s famous vinyl tape floor pieces, The Strokes, which will cover
the gallery floor with blue and white swirls directing the spectator’s perception of the
space and engulfing the senses with its rhythm. Other large-scale signature works
include pieces from the Sonic Reducer sculpture series from 2008, which are made
up of Lambie’s record collection cast into concrete sculptures that appear to sink into
the swirls of the floor. Works from his ‘pin painting’ and Metal Box series will also be
presented. The main gallery space will centre around a large mirror Metal Box
sculpture almost 4 meters wide, further reflecting and distorting the viewers’ sense of
The Found Flowers painting series, 2011, highlights the influence of pop art and the
use of everyday objects in Lambie’s work with its collage layering of cut up flower
paintings over images of iconic pop stars like David Bowie. The dazzling interaction of
shape, colour and form continues in Plaza, a work that also directly displays Lambie’s
interest in ‘the direct art experience’, where coloured plastic bags filled with coloured
paint are suspended against the wall. The work is a performative sculpture in which
Lambie aims to make the work feel as alive as possible; he slices the bags with a knife
allowing the paint to drain out onto the floor and dry in coloured pools. As with all Jim
Lambie’s solo exhibitions, the show will include a Psychedelic Soulstick, an
autobiographical sculpture that Lambie refers to as a portrait of himself leaning
against the wall. It consists of bamboo wrapped in coloured thread enveloping
personal objects like cigarette packets, beads and pieces of clothing, thus, drawing the
visitor yet further into the artist’s personal world.
Pearl Lam Galleries is dedicated to encouraging cultural exchange between the East
and West, bringing important Western artists to a new audience in Asia as part of its
exciting programme. Jim Lambie’s installation works directly engage with the
exhibition space whilst demanding the participation of the audience. As the
phenomenon of interactive installation art grows in Hong Kong, Pearl Lam Galleries is
once more at the forefront of breaking new boundaries in the Hong Kong art scene.
“We are delighted to have Jim Lambie’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. He is a
dynamic and inspiring artist whose energy is pure creativity. I look forward to exposing
this artist to the recognition he deserves in Hong Kong and hope that his vision will
inspire our visitors as it has done me over the last decade.” Althea Viafora-Kress,
International Gallery Director of Pearl Lam Galleries, April 2013
About Jim Lambie
Jim Lambie was born in 1964 in Glasgow, Scotland and graduated from the Glasgow
School of Art in 1994. Lambie lives and works in Glasgow as a visual artist, musician
and DJ. He specialises in colourful sculptural installations made from everyday
modern materials and his practice evolves from a response to the psychology of space
and colour, utilising the two in a way that is deeply rooted in colour theory, and draws
parallels with the concept of synesthesia. Lambie allows himself to work liberally and
outside the constraints of a single medium or dimension. His installations reinvent the
space into a dazzling interaction of colours, shapes and forms, challenging the
viewer’s perceptions and creating an elaborate, otherworldly experience.
Lambie was nominated for the Turner prize in 2005 for his Mental Oyster installation.
His other major solo exhibitions include Shaved Ice (2012), The Modern Institute,
Glasgow, UK; Spiritualized (2011), Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA; Directions: Jim
Lambie (2006), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., USA; Jim
Lambie (2006), Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Byrds (2005), The Modern Institute,
Glasgow; Shoulder Pad (2005), Sadie Coles HQ, London; and The Breeder (2002),
Athens. His work has been collected by the National Galleries of Scotland, Charles Riva
Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Zabludowicz Collection, British Council and Tate.
About Pearl Lam Galleries
Founded by Pearl Lam, the Galleries' mission is to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue
and cultural exchange between East and West by establishing distinct and rigorous
programming in each of its gallery spaces in Hong Kong, Shanghai and the
forthcoming Singapore gallery.
Pearl Lam Galleries is dedicated to championing Chinese artists who re-evaluate the
philosophy and perception of Chinese contemporary art, whilst also committed to
presenting major exhibitions by international artists. Jim Lambie, Jenny Holzer, Yinka
Shonibare and Zhu Jinshi are among the line-up of artists who will have solo
exhibitions at the Galleries in 2013.
Pearl Lam Design shows works by established and emerging international designers
including André Dubreuil, Maarten Baas, Mattia Bonetti, and Studio Makkink & Bey.
They are invited to push the boundaries of traditional Chinese art and craft techniques
and create new works that reflect their experiences in China.