Exhibtion Fragments | James Lambourne

JAMES LAMBOURNE FRAGMENTS
Photographs by René Gonkel

08 | 11 | 2014 · 09 | 01 | 2015

KUNSTRÄUME DER MICHAEL HORBACH STIFTUNG
COLOGNE | GERMANY

OPENING
Saturday 08 | 11 | 2014
16.00 – 19.00

Opening Times
Wednesday and Friday 14.00 – 17.00
Sunday 11.00 – 13.00

and by appointment

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JAMES LAMBOURNE FRAGMENTS Having lived in Mallorca since the age of five, James Lambourne (London 1956) has created works intimately connected to nature and Mediterranean hermetic traditions. As well as classical media and techniques like painting, sculpture, engraving and drawing, Lambourne gathers and uses natural objects to create installations or ephemeral interventions, which could be thought to belong to the Land Art movement if it were not for the much broader and often unclassifiable boundaries of his work. James Lambourne assimilates the shapes, textures and colours of his environment in order to develop his unmistakable personal iconography: territories, milestones, stone circles –which he considers to be “beginnings”-, symbolic elements and plastics that pervade his whole work. His observation of nature has made him aware that nothing, not even the inert, remains unchanged; that time always involves evolution, movement, changes… This reflection is the starting point of Fragments, an exhibition inspired by “broken stones” reassembled by the artist, “sculptures” or natural “collages” which stand as a beautiful metaphor of unity within diversity. Fragments displays “fragments” of the inner universe of this singular artist whose work shows the tensions and similarities between the universal and the singular; between the magnificent and the insignificant. This is demonstrated in the exhibition itself, which includes large-scale installations made of natural stones confronted with detailed drawings including recurring motifs in his iconographic alphabet. Triangular stones from the mountain of Randa and from different sites of the Tramuntana mountain range are also used for Lambourne to commemorate those great artistic, ethical and philosophical figures that guide his work, such as Chopin, Joan Miró, Pitágoras, Ramón Llull or Nelson Mandela, to whom he dedicates installations in the show. According to the artist, the trace we leave on earth is the reflection of the human thinking. For this reason he questions the manipulation and transformations it performs and his paintings often look like an almost perfect fragment of nature. As well as the influence of nature and the hermetic knowledge, the inspiration from music is also an essential part of Lambourne’s work, which develops on those ample series of drawings and paintings that we could describe as “musical calligraphy”. The exhibition includes works created in collaboration with Dutch photographer René Gonkel. They are works that sit on the dividing line between painting and photography, pictures of ephemeral interventions carried out during his long walks along with Gonkel. They are often subsequently manipulated creating unique objects. Meditative, contemplative, deeply respectful with the materials and their energies, James Lambourne’s work serves as a space for experience and thinking.