About this artwork

'ZOBOP' is Lambie's signature work. It is different every time it is installed, as it varies according to the shape of the room. Strips of coloured vinyl tape are stuck down on the floor, beginning at the perimeter of the room and continued until the tape reaches the centre. Thinking about the kind of art which was being made in the late 1990s, Lambie realised that colour seemed to be either over-controlled, or drained away. He therefore decided to make something super-coloured, psychedelic even, but which still retained a strong conceptual base. The work is based on the concept of trying to fill a space while still leaving it empty.

  • title: ZOBOP
  • accession number: GMA 4420
  • artist: Jim LambieScottish (born 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Installation
  • date created: 1999
  • measurements: Variable dimensions
  • credit line: Purchased 2001
  • copyright: © The Artist
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Jim Lambie

Jim Lambie

Lambie was born in Glasgow. When he left school he became involved with the local music scene, before studying Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art. After graduation he was amongst a group of students, including David Shrigley, Douglas Gordon and Roderick Buchanan, who arranged exhibitions of their work in non-traditional spaces from empty garages to their own bedrooms. Lambie’s work is loaded with references, sometimes metaphorical or ironic, to popular culture, art history and music. He lives in New York and Glasgow and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2005. Solo exhibitions have been staged at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2014); Shaved Ice, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2012); Beach Boy, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney (2011) and Unknown Pleasures, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2008).