At the 2014 Biennale of Sydney, Glaswegian artist Jim Lambie candy striped an entire floor of the Museum of Contemporary Art in a vivid spectacle of infinite rows of coloured vinyl tape. This month the artist has returned to Sydney for his first Australian solo exhibition at Paddington’s Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Zero Concerto is layered from the floor upwards, beginning with Lambie’s signature horizontal rows and rows of metallic pinks, greens and yellows across the gallery floor.
The exhibition takes its title from a Shuta Hasunuma Philharmonic Orchestra score. Lambie likens the show to tiers of sound in a song. “On one level [the exhibition] could be described as an overall musical composition, where the floor could act like the drums and the bass, and the other pieces float over the top of that in the way that vocals and keys and guitars float over a solid platform.”
As you weave across the coloured parquet, sculptural elements drip in as if sliding inward from another dimension. “A shoe is the first object that you meet in the show, and towards the end of the galleries there is another shoe, which is the last object that you meet,” Lambie explains. “There’s a kind of three dimensionality, it’s very emotive in places, so it’s not just all about the sheen.”
The mirrored Metal Box series is Lambie’s interpretation of pealing pop posters from rainy Glasgow. Painted potato sakes filled with expanding foam act as an inverted painting. While some pieces in Zero Concerto have been shipped from Scotland, Lambie constructed most of the work in Sydney using found materials. Here Comes the Sun is a set of stretched bicycle wheels. It’s Tricky (Run DMC) is a painted suitcase hung open from the ceiling.
Zero Concerto is at Roslyn Oxley9, 8 Soudan Lane, Paddington until September 26, 2015.
Tue to Fri 10am–6pm