Tania Kovats Oceans
Exhibition 15 March – 25 May 2014
British artist Tania Kovats makes drawings, sculpture, installations and large-scale time-based projects exploring our experience and understanding of landscape. She is best known for Tree (2009), a permanent installation for the Natural History Museum in London; and Rivers, an outdoor sculpture in the landscape of Jupiter Artland outside Edinburgh. This new exhibition focuses on her fascination with the sea.
A highlight of the exhibition is All the Sea, an ambitious new work which presents water from all the world’s seas, collected with the help of a global network of people drawn in by the idea of bringing all the waters of the world to one place. It is joined by new and existing work all of which has to do in some way with the sea. Sculptures referencing cliff formations; a machine that mimics the formation of mountains; a sculpture in the form of a reef of proliferating barnacles; a re-orientation of the world in favour of the ocean drawn on a collection of obsolete atlases; a work exploring what happens when two or more seas meet and a selection of drawings made of and with seawater combine in an evocative presentation of the impact of the sea.
Exhibition supported by
Tania Kovats Webfilm
Talks and Events
Tania Kovats in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.
Seminar: Casting Nets.
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.
Book Tania Kovats Oceans
Drawing – both her own and other people’s – is a key part of Tania Kovats’s practice, and she has long been interested in what drawing can do. In this book she brings together an eclectic selection of drawings of the sea, both her own and other people’s.
Artist’s Edition Santa Cruz, Galapagos
Signed by the artist The Fruitmarket Gallery is delighted to offer for sale a new, limited-edition print by Tania Kovats, Santa Cruz, Galápagos, 2012. From a series of drawings the artist is making of bags, this work presents the carrier bag as an emblem of how we consume the landscape.