International Archives 1st half of 2014
The Fruitmarket Gallery’s spring exhibition is a major solo exhibition of the work of British artist Tania Kovats. Kovats’s practice encompasses sculpture, installation and large-
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Exhibition March 15 -
A highlight of the exhibition is All the Sea, an ambitious new work which presents water from all the world’s seas, collected by the artist with the help of a global network of people drawn in by the poetry of the idea of bringing all the waters of the world to one place. Bottles of seawater have been arriving at The Fruitmarket Gallery and at the artist’s studio from all over the world since late 2012, and the network of connections that the piece represents has grown week by week.
All the Sea is joined by new and existing work, all of which have to do in some way with the sea. Sculptures referencing cliff formations; a machine that mimics the formation of mountains; a new sculpture in the form of a reef of proliferating barnacles; a re-
Drawing—both her own and other people’s—is a key part of Kovats’ practice. In 2007, she wrote The Drawing Book (Black Dog, 2007), and she has long been interested what drawing can do. For Oceans, she has made a new book, Drawing Water. Believing that drawing is a mechanism for exploration as much as a tool for representation, Kovats brings together in the book drawings by map-
Tuesday 25 March, 6:30pm; free
Tania Kovats in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery
Seminar: “Casting Nets”
Monday 28 April, 6–8pm
Nicholas Alfrey (Associate Professor, University of Nottingham), Penelope Curtis (Director, Tate Britain), Philip Hoare (author of The Sea Inside, 2013) and Stephanie Straine (Assistant Curator, Tate Liverpool) discuss Oceans, Tania Kovats’ practice, and the accompanying publication Drawing Water in relation to the British landscape tradition, Land Art and the exploratory nature of drawing. Chaired by Fiona Bradley.
Tania Kovats, Only Blue (Antarctica), 2013. Courtesy the artist.