Installation view of Jim Lambie’s Zobop, 2006, at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
May 13 to October 4, 2006
Walking into one of Jim Lambie’s Zobop striped taped floor pieces is like entering a giant painting. As part of our continuing efforts to give visitors opportunities to experience new works of art, Turner Prize finalist Lambie (b. Glasgow, Scotland,1964) has transformed the Hirshhorn’s lobby into a vibrant, colorful, and immersive environment. The artist meticulously adheres vinyl tape to the floor in a geometric pattern that responds to the building’s architecture. The floor is further enhanced by a group of sculptures-three new pieces made on site using existing elements and materials found in thrift stores, markets, and pawn shops throughout Washington. Lambie’s interest in “making edges disappear” breaks down the divisions between sculpture and other media. As a musician and DJ, he often creates work explicitly related to music that strives to replicate the experience of being transported by a favorite song. This Directions project, organized by associate curator Anne Ellegood, is the first presentation of Jim Lambie’s work in Washington. The Directions series is made possible by Ray Graham III and the Trellis Fund. In-kind support generously provided by Hyatt Arlington.