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Current Exhibition

Karla Black EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Expressions are hurting, move outside (and details)

Expressions are hurting, move outside (and details)

Expressions are hurting, move outside (and details)

Karla Black
Expressions Are Hurting, Move Outside (and details)

2008

Cellophane, sellotape, petroleum jelly, paint, plaster powder, glass, polythene bags, concealer stick, lipgloss, hair conditioner, bath cream, tracing paper, glitter hair spray, lipstick

Dimensions variable
Forget About Faces (and detail)

Forget About Faces (and detail)

Karla Black
Forget About Faces (and detail)

2008

Cling film, body moisturizing creams, sellotape, paint

Dimensions variable
Causes Bend
Karla Black
Causes Bend

2007

Plaster, sugar paper, chalk, fabric dye, towel.

34 x 330 x 210 cm
Pleaser

Pleaser

Karla Black
Pleaser

2009

Cellophane, paint, sellotape, thread

250 x 200 cm
Karla Black’s work draws from a multiplicity of artistic traditions from expressionist painting, land art, performance, to formalism. Her large-scale sculptures incorporate modest everyday substances, along with very traditional art-making materials to create abstract formations. Black chooses her media for their tactile aesthetic appeal: the familiarity of the texture of cellophane or the scent of cosmetics bridges the experience of tangible matter with the intimacy of memory or the subconscious. Black’s process is intensely physical and this energy is conveyed through her work’s ‘impromptu’ staging; this suggestion of performance psychologically involves the viewer with the making process, provoking instinctive responses to her precarious assemblages.
For Use
Karla Black
For Use

2009

Cellophane, sellotape, petroleum jelly, paint

15 x 356 x 300 cm
Unpreventable Within (and detail)

Unpreventable Within (and detail)

Karla Black
Unpreventable Within (and detail)

2009

Cling film, baby oil, paint

59 x 824 x 303 cm
Black’s approach to sculpture is often described as holistic: her assemblages are more than the sum of their parts, each element interconnects physical, psychological, and theoretical stimuli which are both self-referential and relate to art as a wider-world experience. Her work absorbs art historical influences such as Joseph Beuys’s social sculpture and Eva Hesse’s organic minimalism. In Unpreventable Within, a large blanket of cling film is draped across the floor; a watery, landscape terrain, it evokes both vulnerability and protection. Coated with baby oil gel and paint, the liquid balms the surface and collects in its crevices as pools, creating a microcosmic ecology suggestive of generation and sustainability.
Made To Wait
Karla Black
Made To Wait

2009

Cellophane, sellotape, paint, toothpaste, hair gel, nail varnish, moisturising cream

304 x 748 x 3 cm
Spanning the gallery as a floating ‘painting’, Black’s Made To Wait hovers in the space less as an object than a screen: an almost invisible field of cellophane, a translucent divide or portal that makes the view through it seem strangely distant or unreal. The bottom edge of the sheeting is coated in paint, interspersed with common drug store cosmetics: tooth-paste, moisturiser, hair gel, and nail varnish, creamy substances of surface beauty. For Black, these materials become synonymous with a civlised veneer; an allusion to painting, as well as to personal maintenance and improvement, converging subconscious expression with actual embodiment. In Made To Wait these ideas become inherent, almost as an anchor, in the piece’s literal and metaphoric suspension which blurs the bounds between perception and introspection, self-cognition and otherness.
Nothing Is A Must
Karla Black
Nothing Is A Must

2009

Sugar paper, chalk, ribbon, lipstick, glitter hairspray

312 x 300 x 182 cm
Black explains her haptic approach to making in relation to psychology, and cites Melanie Klein’s play technique – a method used to analyse very young children through their negotiation of the physical world rather than through language – as a contextual source. For Black, this sublingual articulation mirrors the sculptural process and offers the possibility for the work to achieve its own communication and agency. Nothing Is A Must is made from chalked sugar paper. It’s uplifted exaggerated form is like an open bag, made simultaneously monumental and flaccid.
Preventable Within
Karla Black
Preventable Within

2009

Sugar paper, chalk, thread

149 x 144 x 25 cm






Other artists in
NEWSPEAK: BRITISH ART NOW

Caroline Achaintre    Tasha Amini    Hurvin Anderson    Maurizio Anzeri    Jonathan Baldock    Anna Barriball    Steve Bishop    Karla Black    Lynette Yiadom Boakye    Pablo Bronstein    Alan Brooks    Peter Linde Busk    Carla Busuttil    Nicholas Byrne    Gareth Cadwallader    Juliana Cerqueira Leite    Spartacus Chetwynd    Steven Claydon    Clarisse d'Arcimoles    William Daniels    Matthew Darbyshire    Graham Durward    Tim Ellis    Tom Ellis    Richard Evans    Tessa Farmer    Marcus Foster    Robert Fry    Ximena Garrido-Lecca    Jaime Gili    Nick Goss    Luke Gottelier    Kate Groobey    Anthea Hamilton    Anne Hardy    Gabriel Hartley    Nicholas Hatfull    Iain Hetherington    Alexander Hoda    Sigrid Holmwood    Systems House    James Howard    Graham Hudson    Dean Hughes    Des Hughes    Mustafa Hulusi    Paul Johnson    Edward Kay    Idris Khan    Scott King    Ansel Krut     littlewhitehead    Alastair MacKinven    Goshka Macuga    Ryan Mosley    Rupert Norfolk    Arif Ozakca    Mark Pearson    Dan Perfect    Peter Peri    Olivia Plender    Henrijs Preiss    Ged Quinn    Clunie Reid    Barry Reigate    Luke Rudolf    Maaike Schoorel    Daniel Silver    David Brian Smith    Renee So    Fergal Stapleton    Clare Stephenson    Caragh Thuring    Phoebe Unwin    Donald Urquhart    Jonathan Wateridge    John Wynne    Toby Ziegler

Karla Black's BIOGRAPHY

Karla Black
Born in 1972, Alexandria, Scotland
Lives and works in Glasgow



EDUCATION


2002-2004
Masters Degree in Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art

1999-2000
Master of Philosophy (Art in Organisational Contexts), Glasgow School of Art

1995-1999
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Sculpture, Glasgow School of Art


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg (June)

2009
Migros Museum, Zurich
Mary Mary, Glasgow
Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (Sept)
Karla Black: Sculptures with paintings by Bet Low (1924-2007), Inverleith House, Edinburgh (Nov)

2008
West London Projects, London
Catch This: New Works from the Arts Council Collection, Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

2007
IBID Projects, London

2006
Galerie Sandra Bürgel, Berlin
Mary Mary, Glasgow Outpost, Norwich Have Him Be Her, Broadway 1602, New York

2004
Mary Mary, Glasgow

2002

Robert, Glasgow Project Room


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2010
Newspeak:British Art Now, Saatchi Gallery, London

2009
Reduction & Suspense, Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria
Nothing to say and I am saying it, Kunstverein Freiburg
Dont Expect Anything, Galleria Francesca Minini, Milan
Contemporary Scottish Art: New Acquistitions & Loans, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art,
Edinburgh

2008
Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London Strange Solution, Art Now, Tate Britain, London

2007
Ultramoderne, Hall Paul Wurth, Luxembourg; La Passerelle, BrestWhat remains. Quello che resta, Lambretto Art Project, Milan
Poor Thing, Kunsthalle Basel (curated by Simone Neuenschwander)
Special Presentation, Broadway 1602, New York Untitled - Works on Paper, Art:Concept, Paris Planting the tele, Mary Mary, Glasgow (Curated by Hayley Tompkins)

2006
Karla Black/Sally Osborn/Sue Tompkins, Flaca, London
Karla Black/Dean Hughes/Duncan Marquiss/Jonathan Owen/Hanneline Visnes, Doggerfisher, Edinburgh

2005
Pilot 2, London
Like It Matters, CCA, Glasgow Exile, New York is a Good Hotel, Broadway 1602, New York
Not Yet Night, Studio Voltaire, London
Karla Black/ Babak Ghazi, S1 Artspace, Sheffield

2004
Spacemakers, Lothringer Dreizehn, Munich MFA Degree show, Tramway, Glasgow Rheinschau Art Projects, Cologne (with Transmission) Synth, Kunstraum B/2, Leipzig
Cheyney Thompson/Karla Black, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow

2003
Pallas, The Changing Room Gallery, Stirling
East International, Norwich Gallery, Norwich School of Art & Design (curated by Toby Webster & Eva Rothschild) An American Conversation (with Alex Frost), Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee

2002
The Châteaux, Switchspace, Glasgow Half the World Away, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, New York

2001
Man Dancing, Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow October: Contemporary Art in St. Vincent Street, GlasgowHi-Civics, Market Gallery, Glasgow

2000
Louder than Love, De Zeyp, Brussels
Someone, Somewhere…., Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow