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Jim Lambie, Sun Orchid, 2011, aluminum, polished steel, wood, full-gloss paint, 8' 2 1/2“ x 24' 10” x 10".

Jim Lambie

Anton Kern Gallery

Jim Lambie, Sun Orchid, 2011, aluminum, polished steel, wood, full-gloss paint, 8' 2 1/2“ x 24' 10” x 10".

Spiritualized is the name of an English space-rock band; it was also the title of Jim Lambie’s recent quasi-psychedelic, kiss-me-I’m-so-clever display of painting and sculpture at Anton Kern Gallery. At once obsessive and frivolous—and maybe just a tad too enthralled by rock ’n’ roll culture—the artworks played with conventions of painting and sculpture and referenced the aesthetics of everyday things. The whole enterprise swam in an ether of Pop, containing repurposed items of clothing (zippers, T-shirts, and belts) and allusions to popular music (Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones) and sporting a designy, neo-disco, amped-up luster. Although a semihandmade, DIY approach could still be felt in certain pieces, Lambie has begun to embrace at least the look (and values) of high production industrial fabrication. A productlike glossiness permeated the exhibition; one longed for

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