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Pacific Place Presents Spiral Scratch by Scottish Artist Jim Lambie

March 22, 2018 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

Pacific Place today revealed a new site-specific public art installation by Scottish contemporary visual artist and 2005 Turner Prize nominee, Jim Lambie, open until 8 April 2018.

Lambie’s major new installation, Spiral Scratch is a dazzling distillation of the artist’s energy that adds a fun and engaging sensory dimension to Garden Court in Pacific Place. The ambitious site-specific work juxtaposes an intricate, rhythmic floor work with the installation of 15 ladders, painted in vivid hues and anchored in an overlapping formation throughout Garden Court, transforming the space with surprising new perspectives.

A floor-based sculptural work, The Strokes, sweeps across the floor in an interwoven pattern of monochromatic curves laid in vinyl tape, which continuously fill and empty the space, undulating like the top of an ocean. Operating like a spiral scratch on a vinyl record – a groove which slowly descends, spiraling into the center – the multi-layered floor work sets a new visual rhythm to Garden Court, altering the psychology of the space through a continuous process of adding, removing, repeating and recomposing. From this black and white bassline, the luminous-coloured ladders of Shaved Ice (reflector) stretch towards the ceiling at angles that recall their functionality. Yet here these commonplace objects have deliberately been stripped of all utility by mirrors installed between the rungs. The combination results in a kaleidoscopic interaction of colour, shape and form that beguiles the viewer with its familiarity, while intriguing them with its reversal.

Lambie’s work at Pacific Place brings together basic materials – ladders, tape and mirrors – to create a prism of continually changing reflections. This in turn generates new perspectives and surreal moments of engagement for the viewer as the ebb and flow of public movement brings to life this immersive installation.

Spiral Scratch deliberately looks to change the space it occupies, redirecting the rhythm and psychological dynamics in much the same way putting a record can. As the black and white floor-work swells through Garden Court the space grows and shrinks, pulling the viewer through the space, only for the ladders to demand attention by showing new perspectives in their unexpected reflections.” Said Jim Lambie.

Theresa Leung, General Manager of Pacific Place, said: “As we continue to make the arts accessible to everyone and a part of everyday life, we look forward to continuing to inspire visitors of our mall and offering them new perspectives on their surroundings. Jim Lambie’s works have a profoundly transformative power over the spaces they occupy, and we are excited to witness that power in Garden Court as we reveal this new installation, Spiral Scratch.”

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