Showing for the first time in Scotland, Tim Rollins and K.O.S. present an exhibition surveying highlights from a remarkable 30 year career. Leading a series of their Art and Knowledge Workshops with local young people the collective will create new work for the exhibition. Stevenson’s Treasure Island is the inspiration for one of the new works, the classic adventure story also providing the title The Black Spot.
Pages from famous works of literature actually and figuratively form the backdrop for Tim Rollins and K.O.S.’s mixed-media paintings. Reviewing their work at the first Frieze New York this year, 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 War of the Worlds, Animal Farm, X-Men and A Midsummer Night's Dream also feature, their themes and messages enforced and re-interpreted through bold visual composition.
Rollins will deliver a keynote lecture on 4 August at 1pm, opening a series of events for the festival which culminate in a major symposium in October 2012.
Throughout, The Black Spot is a summons to reinvigorate a belief in the power of art to change lives.