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Tania Kovats Oceans 15 March – 25 May 2014
Tania Kovats is a British artist whose practice encompasses sculpture, installation and large-scale time-based projects exploring our experience and understanding of landscape; drawing and paying attention to others’ drawings; writing, grouping and gathering things together. Recent major projects have included Meadow (2007), a transported wildflower meadow; The Museum of the White Horse (2007), a travelling landscape museum; Tree (2009), a permanent installation for the Natural History Museum; British Isles (2004) and All the Islands of All the Oceans (2005), two series of drawings; and The Drawing Book – A Survey of Drawing: The Primary Means of Expression. In May 2012 a new, large-scale sculpture, Rivers, was installed in the landscape of Jupiter Artland outside Edinburgh.

The Fruitmarket Gallery is currently preparing a two-part collaboration with Tania Kovats. First, an exhibition which presents an ambitious new work in the context of the artist’s ongoing practice. The new work, All the Seas, is a sculptural presentation of 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 since late 2012, and the network of connections that the piece represents will grow week by week until late 2013, when the piece itself is made.

The second part of the Gallery’s collaboration with Tania Kovats is a publication, Drawing Water: Drawing as a Mechanism for Exploration, which accompanies the exhibition but is not a catalogue for it. Since publishing The Drawing Book in 2006, Kovats has continued to be attracted to the wealth of drawings of others. She is currently bringing these together in a new publication looking particularly at drawings of exploration and discovery by a wide selection of practitioners, drawings which seek, like All the Seas, to find a way to make sense of the world.

This collaboration between The Fruitmarket Gallery and Tania Kovats itself explores new territory, in a new model for how an institution might work with an artist to make their ideas and enthusiasms available to the public. The exhibition, the new work and the book are independent yet contextualise and amplify each other – the new work is a large scale, participatory sculptural installation and the publication is an intimate vehicle for independent enquiry, but both have to do with gathering and grouping, and with discovering through presenting.


Jim Lambie

Jim Lambie 28 June – 19 October 2014

A solo exhibition of the work of Jim Lambie, one of the most internationally significant artists to have emerged in Scotland over the last 25 years. The exhibition will be the first to trace the development of Lambie’s practice from the sculptures with which he first came to public attention in the early 1990s, through his signature floor work ZOBOP (1999, now in the collection of Tate and the Scottish National Galleries) to new work, specially made for the exhibition.

Born in Glasgow in 1964, Lambie is one of the foremost Scottish artists of his generation, known for visually compelling, generous and beguiling work, which attracts both popular and critical acclaim. He came to prominence with ZOBOP, a floor-based sculptural intervention that consists of continuous lines of vinyl tape laid in concentric circuits of a room from its outside edges to its centre. Gathering intensity as it outlines architectural features such as columns, alcoves and doorways, the work fills the space with a disorientating visual rhythm, its over-insistent articulation of the space serving to confuse our experience of it. ZOBOP is typical of Lambie’s work in that it makes its magic with relatively humble materials – everyday objects like buttons, bags, clothing, mirrors, magazines, discarded furniture are the stuff of Lambie’s art. That and music memorabilia – records, record sleeves, turntables.

The Fruitmarket Gallery’s exhibition will draw together work made throughout Lambie’s career, including the iconic ZOBOP and Ultra Low, an early video from 1998 constructed from overlaid images of the artist smoking an entire packet of cigarettes in the dark, the resulting firefly flickers making, as Ross Sinclair wrote in a review of Lambie’s first Transmission exhibition in Frieze in 1999, ‘a complex map of the casual movements your arms and head make while your mind wanders’. These works will be joined by others tracing the development of Lambie’s visual language from 1999 to now, creating a memorable exhibition that will draw new as well as existing audiences into the exuberant intelligence of this major Scottish artist.

This exhibition forms part of GENERATION which is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, and celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland. GENERATION brings an extensive programme of art to over 60 galleries and venues across the country through a partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland and Glasgow Life, supported by Creative Scotland