KARLA BLACK

OCTOBER 25, 2019 – JANUARY 19, 2020

Karla Black’s extensive sculptures possess an ambiguous, fragile beauty. Delicate pastel shades and plastic film, light and reflections lend them a weightless quality despite their often large formats. Her works move within the bounds of installation, painting, and performance and ultimately aspire to be self-contained sculptures. For the Schirn Rotunda the Scottish artist develops the large-format, transparent sculpture "Conditions" (2019) that occupies the center of the circular building. Shards of colored glass injure the soft surface of a Vaseline landscape, on which colored particles and traces of its fabrication are visible. The material is held by cellophane; sticky tape is used to raise the thin film to create a soft curve like a sort of bag.

KARLA BLACK, Installation View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2019, Photo: Simon Vogel

The artist Karla Black is presenting new works in the Schirn Rotunda with which she sharpens the senses for the materiality of the venue.

 

 

The materiality of sculpture is a central theme for the artist. Black works with classic materials as well as with everyday substances and cosmetics—with paint, plaster powder, and transparent sticky tape; with Vaseline, lipstick, and nail polish. The texture, “the feel,” is decisive for her choices. She works with her hands, rubs, smudges, and mixes. On closer examination, one recognizes traces of the creative process in her works. These artistic markers become particularly apparent in the Rotunda’s first ambulatory, to whose panes of glass Black applies fingerprints, streaks, and blurs with lipstick, eye shadow, and other coloring agents. The artist combines these works with other works in which she uses colored gauze, glass and mirror surfaces, as well as gold. 

The immediate relationship between material, form, composition, and color is very important to the artist and serves as a means to sharpen the senses for the character of the venue.

Dr. Philipp Demandt, Director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Wall Panel of the Exhibition "Karla Black"

24.10.2019 | Cellophane, Vaseline, plaster powder, lipstick, powder paint, body moisturizer, transparent sticky tape, glass, …—in her expansive sculptures, the Scottish artist Karla Black works with classical sculptural materials as well as substances of daily use and cosmetics without making a distinction between them.

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Interview with Katharina Dohm and Karla Black

24.10.2019 | “My work is always and only sculpture.” Karla Black in conversation with Katharina Dohm

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Press Information on the Exhibition "Karla Black"

14.10.2019 | The Artist Karla Black is presenting new works in the Schirn Rotunda with which she sharpens the senses for the materiality of the venue.

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KARLA BLACK, Installation View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2019, Photo: Simon Vogel

KARLA BLACK, Installation View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2019, Photo: Simon Vogel

KARLA BLACK, Installation View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2019, Photo: Simon Vogel

KARLA BLACK, Installation View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2019, Photo: Simon Vogel

KARLA BLACK, Installation View, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2019, Photo: Simon Vogel