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
Drawing Water by Tania Kovats
£24.95 special exhibition price (£29.95 RRP)
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 in what drawing can do. For her exhibition at The Fruitmarket Gallery 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-makers, writers, shipbuilders, whalers, soldiers, sailors, artists, archaeologists, cartographers, scientists, uranographers, engineers and dreamers – a diverse selection united by the sense that in making the drawing they were looking for something. A selection of Kovats’ own drawing and writing anchors the book which attempts to construct, in the artist’s words, ‘a portolan, a chart drawn at sea to guide a sailor from one safe harbour to the next’. Buy at the bookshop or online here
Talks and Events
All talks are recorded and are available online after the event. Booking is recommended, to guarantee your place call 0131 226 8181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. £5/4 conc.
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.
Streams of Story:
An evening of water tales
Thursday 24 April, 6.30-8.30pm. £5/£4 conc. Free for water collectors.
To celebrate Tania Kovat’s Oceans, The Fruitmarket Gallery presents a fun evening of water tastings, poetry and a chance to hear stories from the water collectors who helped Tania Kovats bring the world’s seas to The Fruitmarket Gallery.
Shetland poet Jen Hadfield will be travelling over sea and land reading work resonant with the themes of the exhibition. Water sommelier Ericka Duffy will also be bringing her tasting skills to the Gallery, giving you a flavour of different mineral waters from around the world.
Supported by The Scottish Book Trust Live Literature Fund.
Sensing the Landscape Workshop
Monday 7 April, 11am-5pm. Free. 12 places for 14-17 year olds.
Inspired by the exhibition, this workshop draws on the idea of understanding, observing and exploring the local landscape through a range of media to create installation and performance. Led by artist Marcela Trsova.
Learning Preview for teachers and community leaders
Friday 21 March, 5-7pm. Free. Refreshments.
A tour of the exhibition and preview of the forward programme, led by Learning Programme Manager Caitlin Page. Pick up our free resources and discuss ways you can use the exhibitions with your groups.
Thursday 8 May, 2-3pm. Free. 10 places.
An exhibition tour with portable FM hearing loops, for visitors who are hard of hearing.
Thursday 8 May, 6.30-8pm. Free. 10 places.
An exhibition tour designed for visually impaired visitors and open to everyone. It includes detailed descriptions of Kovats’ work and practice.