Tim Rollins & K.O.S.

Reflections & responses to the Talbot Rice Gallery/Artworks Scotland seminar, Aug 2012


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Amerika – Infinity (after Franz Kafka), 1987-88. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich © the artist

Tim Rollins & K.O.S.: The Black Spot

Talbot Rice Gallery: 4 August – 22 October 2012

Showing for the first time in Scotland, Tim Rollins and K.O.S. presented an exhibition which  included new work and a series of Art and Knowledge Workshops. Coming to Edinburgh direct from the first Frieze New York, the collective’s literary and music inspired work continues to make waves within contemporary art. Surveying their work at Frieze, Simon Schama commented that, “combining instruction in reading and writing with collaborative art-making has resulted in some work of spectacular radiance as well as social energy”.

The exhibition title, The Black Spot, was taken from Stevenson’s Treasure Island, the classic adventure story that has inspired a new work for Talbot Rice. The Black Spot is a summons to audiences to reinvigorate a belief in the power of art to change lives.

Special events

Workshops led by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. members with young people  generated new work, and a record of this activity was displayed in the gallery. Young people were recruited to this unique project via a range of networks and schools from across the Lothian region. Working with Access to Creative Education Scotland (ACES) and community leaders in Edinburgh, young people were supported to apply to take part in this unusual, one-off art project which aimed to engender critical engagement with art, experimentation and creativity.

A keynote lecture by Tim Rollins on 4 August at 1pm at Talbot Rice Gallery was also streamed live via the University of Edinburgh website.

The exhibition culminated with in a major symposium examining the educational ethos and contemporary art relevance of Tim Rollins and K.O.S. in October 2012

Talbot Rice Gallery

An outstanding centre for art and ideas, the public art gallery of The University of Edinburgh, Talbot Rice Gallery presents original and relevant exhibitions within a unique historical context. The exhibitions exemplify creativity and ambition, seen through a distinctive programme of Scottish and International artists, with informed interpretation and lively educational events.

For further information about visiting Talbot Rice Gallery: http://www.ed.ac.uk/about/museums-galleries/talbot-rice/about/map

For further information about the Art and Knowledge Workshops at Talbot Rice Gallery, about the gallery or Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: The Black Spot, please email: rachel.thibbotumunuwe@ed.ac.uk


Written by Johnny

July 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

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