‘The Doors (LA Woman)’ is one of a series of door sculptures by Jim Lambie. Concertinaed like a fan, an ordinary domestic door is manipulated into an extraordinary object. Fixed horizontally to a wall, its original function becomes redundant, while mirrors on each end of it reveal fractured reflections.
The title ‘The Doors’ is a neat pun on the subject matter, but also makes wider cultural references. The most obvious link is to the legendary American rock group of the 1970s, The Doors, and to their acclaimed album ‘LA Woman’ of 1971. The band’s name was inspired by Aldous Huxley’s 1954 book, ‘The Doors of Perception’, in which he wrote of his hallucinatory experiences while under the influence of mescaline. In turn, Huxley’s book was inspired by William Blake (1757–1827), the 18th–century English artist and poet, who famously wrote ‘If the doors of perception were cleansed then everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.’
Jim Lambie was born in Glasgow where he continues to live and work today. He studied at the city’s School of Art from 1990 to 1994. He has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the UK and abroad. He represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale, Venice, 2003. Solo shows include 'Mental Oyster' at the Anton Kern Gallery in New York, 2004 and 'Shoulder Pad' at Sadie Coles HQ in London in 2005. Lambie was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2005, during which his works were shown at Tate Britain, London. In 2008 he had a solo exhibition at Hara Museum, Tokyo. More recently, solo exhibitions of his work have taken place at the Charles Riva Collection (Brussels, 2009) and at The Modern Institute (Glasgow, 2010).
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