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Jim Lambie: Soft Machine



House of Voltaire, Mayfair, London 18 November to 18 December 2016

Artists, Weavers + Tufters

Soft Machine, 2016
Jim Lambie
Tufted by Kristi Vana and Dennis Reinmüller
250 × 250 cm
Wool and linen


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Dovecot rug tufters Kristi Vana and Dennis Reinmüller completed tufting Soft Machine in October 2016. Based on Lambie’s metal box wall pieces, the design was to emulate his seven sheet aluminium artworks and would combine his striking 2D visuals with an aspect of sculptural work. This point of departure presented its own challenges in the creation of this piece with Lambie, not least in the approach to be taken in this wool medium to create something which has otherwise been realised in metal or paint. In order to achieve a 3D image, Reinmüller and Vana had to carve into the tufted rug with precision, to create a cleaner line than they have ever mastered before.


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