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[nettime-lat] Jim Lambie and Yang Fudong at The Moore Space

The Moore Space
Design District
4040 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FLA 33137
T: 305-438-1163


YANG FUDONG: Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo and Selected Works on Video 

Curator: Hans Ulrich Obrist 
JIM LAMBIE: Paradise Garage 

Curators: Silvia Karman Cubina and Hans Ulrich Obrist 
Gallery hours: ArtBasel hours Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm  	
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 4, 10:00 pm – Midnight
December 4, 2003 – April 3, 2004 
Opening on December 4th, 2003, concurrent to ArtBasel Miami, The Moore Space will present two parallel projects: Jim Lambie’s Paradise Garage; and the first one-person showing of Yang Fudong’s work in the United States: “Seven Intellectuals in the Bamboo Forest” and selected videos. These exhibitions will run through April 3, 2004. Jim Lambie will perform as a dj on the evening on the opening at 10:30 pm at the street corner of 2nd Avenue and 40th Street n the Design District.

In his work, Lambie references popular culture and music by drawing on the materials of everyday life. Using such ephemeral sculptural materials as duct tape, doors, mirrors, record covers, safety pins and glitter, Lambie creates objects the directly reference the worlds of art and design, in particular the Italian Memphis group. His well-known multi-coloured floors expand the parameters that define space and form as they conform to the specificity of a particular site. Born in 1964, artist Jim Lambie lives and works in Glasgow and New York. He studied environmental art at the Glasgow School of Art.

Jim Lambie explores the nature of space, as he envelopes the audience in his floors. In PARADISE GARAGE, black and white strips of duct tape slice the floor and multiply in psychedelic patterns. The irregular, angular floor piece immerses the viewers as they confront the artist’s seven sculptures arranged on it. These sculptures, painted in bright colors, move and morph out of shape, without veering too far away from the source object they once were: doors, in this case. The artist remakes and reclassifies objects which are eventually converted into fetishistic artfacts.

The title of Jim Lambie’s new installation- PARADISE GARAGE, draws in a wide range of references from the contemporary culture: from New York's famous disco venue (Paradise Garage) to song titles to commercial ads. Lambie’s titles thrive on the constant flux of language, youth culture, and the hybrids of media and contemporary every-day life.
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b. 1971, Beijing. Lives and works in Shanghai, China

Seven Intellectuals In Bamboo Forest, 2003 Part 1 is a 29-minute, 35mm black and white film based on the history of seven talent intellectuals in the Chinese ancient Wei and Jin Dynasty. Ruan Ji, Ji Kang, Shan Tao, Liu Ling, Ruan Yan, Xiang Xiu and Wang Rong were famous poets and artists at that time. Open and unruly, they used to gather and drink in the bamboo forest, singing songs and playing traditional Chinese musical instruments, in hope to escape from the earthly life. They pursued individuality, freedom and liberty. Their remarkable talent and passion made them a notable group in Chinese history. This work, as well at a selection of five other films and videos by the artist is the first solo-exhibition of the artist in the United States.

Quote by Yang Fudong: “Art is definitely not my profession, but it has become an integral part of my life. It’s like going to sleep every night and dreaming. It's something that is always going to happen, something that ends and then begins again. It’s like when you wake up in the morning knowing that you had a dream last night, but you cannot recall what it was that you dreamed. Still, a feeling lingers in the back of your mind that you had a strange or even frightening dream last night. You know if you try to tell the dream to someone else, they just won’t be able to relate. So you can only keep it inside you. You live in a big city, hiding in your little corner, and it’s doubtful that even a few people know of your existence. Yet you are a part of the city. It's you and a lot of other such people that make up this city. The feeling of the city depends on all of these people living in their own dreams. My relationship with society to a large degree is a kind of metabolic relationship. Society needs ever-changing relationships, just like those that are occurring today. I too am ever-changing. I was unable to choose which generation I was born into, yet I have to learn to adapt to the times.” Yang Fudong

guest curator at The Moore Space The Swiss curator Hans-Ulrich Obrist is well known for the exhibitions he has organized internationally. After studying economics and politics he turned to contemporary art and has since gained wide acclaim for his extraordinary exhibitions, which often take place in spaces not previously used as exhibition venues. He curated exhibitions at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, at the Kunsthalle Wien, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the PS1, etc. 

The Moore Space is a non-profit art space located in the heart of Miami’s Design District at 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, 2nd floor. Its tradition of inviting guest curators is an integral part of its mission to promote new expression, new art forms and new thought in contemporary visual culture in Miami. In the past, The Moore Space has presented exhibitions curated by Dominic Molon and Patrick Charpenel, lectures by Peter Doroshenko, Daniela Rossell, Jeffrey Deitch, and Dara Friedman, performances by Nikki Lee and Joan Jonas.

The exhibition will open on Thursday, December 4 at 10:00 pm. ArtBasel hours are Fri-Sun, 10am-5pm. For more information, please visit or contact Alia Abdal at 305-438-1163.

This project is generously sponsored by Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz; Ivelin and Craig Robins; Eugenio Lopez/La Coleccion Jumex and Miami -Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. 	 



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