Visit: Tacita Dean at Fundación Botín

Tacita Dean, an artist who works primarily with 16mm film, has consistently explored the sea throughout her career.  De Mar en Mar (From Sea to Sea), the first exhibition presenting this body of work, is currently on display at the Fundación Botín in Santander, Spain.

The sea has always played an essential role in Tacita Dean’s work, particularly in her early pieces, yet it would also later appear as a recurrent theme in her art. The sea became a source of captivating attraction for the artist, the food from which she fed when producing the works presented in this exhibition, which spans from 1994 to 2008. Here, the artist uses widely diverse support materials to weave a series of stories that share the common link of the sea, whether as a backdrop, a connecting element or as the main character.

 

Tacita Dean. Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days, 1997. Chalk on blackboard. Tate Collection.

Tacita Dean. Roaring Forties: Seven Boards in Seven Days, 1997. Chalk on blackboard. Tate Collection.

Tacita Dean. Disappearance at Sea II, 1996. 16mm color film.

Tacita Dean. Disappearance at Sea II, 1996. 16mm color film.

Along similar conceptual lines is her film, The Green Ray (2001). Green rays are an optical phenomena of a green spot, visible for only a few seconds, above the sun at sunset or sunrise. Tacita filmed a sunset multiple times from the coast of Madagascar and, though a green ray was not visible to her physical eye or digital cameras, it later showed up in the developed celluloid film.

De Mar en Mar is on view from now through January 14th, 2014. Learn more about Tacita.