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An Afternoon in Chelsea


Anton Kern

Through May 26
In a group of assemblages and wall tapestries made on-site, Glaswegian artist Jim Lambie updates his thrift-store modernism with trendy references to the Middle East. He adorns wall-mounted Persian rugs with bloblike forms of painted wood, women’s shoes, and bits of wire and fabric. Only Self Service (Yellow Eye), a carpet studded with silver trays and draped with necklaces, turns the tired East-meets-West conceit into a funky take on the evil eye. In the back room, an earlier sculpture that makes reference to discordant Scottish power-pop (Jesus and Mary Chain, 2004) suggests that Lambie is more inspired when he stays closer to home.

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