About this artwork

In 'Bedhead', the artist uses everyday materials in an unexpected and humorous way. As is the case with many of Lambie's sculptures and installations, the work is made in a meticulous and labour-intensive manner. The repetitive process of sewing hundreds of multi-shaped and multi-coloured buttons onto a mattress recalls the rhythms of contemporary music with which Lambie has been closely involved. The buttons make such a commonplace and everyday object as a mattress sparkle like a prop in a music video.

  • title: Bed Head
  • accession number: GMA 4675
  • artist: Jim LambieScottish (born 1964)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Sculpture
  • date created: 2002
  • measurements: 19.00 x 191.50 x 93.00 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 2003
  • 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).