Karla Black at David Zwirner gallery | ITSLIQUID

Karla Black at David Zwirner gallery

Art | March 5, 2014 |

karla blackKarla Black, At Fault (detail), 2011

Karla Black at David Zwirner gallery

David Zwirner Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition with Karla Black. On view from March 1 until April 12, 2014, the Glasgow-based sculptor presents a large-scale powder floor and a cellophane window, both made specifically for the space, as well as hanging and standing works made from paper.

karla blackKarla Black, At Fault (detail), 2011

Black creates abstract sculptures using a combination of everyday materials including powder, soap, gels, and pastes, along with more traditional media such as plaster, chalk, paint, and paper. Carefully arranged on the floor or suspended from the ceiling, they are typically made on site and include direct evidence of the process of their creation through fingerprints and dust. Delicate, messy, sensuous, and visceral, they testify to a physical experience of the world that lies beyond metaphorical and symbolic references. Poised between form and anti-form, they emerge like transitional states or naturally occurring sediments.

karla blackKarla Black, Forgetting Isn’t Trying (detail), 2011

For this show, Black uses the main floor space to create a powdered environment featuring several individual sculptures. At once momentous and ephemeral in appearance, it comprises a monotone blue section towards the back and a white and pink striped area at the front, above which hang 340 strands of Sellotape. Their glistening transparency, which is regularly interrupted by the artist’s visible fingerprints, is animated by light and stands in contrast to the opaqueness of the powder. Both are complemented by chalked paper sculptures; crumbled volumes that seem as if they float in air or could topple over at any moment. Yet despite the uncertain physicality of these works – their shapeless, loose formations and arbitrary surfaces – they have a strong sculptural presence and materiality. As the art historian Briony Fer notes, in Black’s practice “sculpture is redistributed along an axis that dissolves structure through the twin operations of transparency and pulverization.”

karla blackKarla Black, Practically In Shadow (detail), 2013

A cellophane sculpture at the entrance of the gallery space forms a “window” into the room. Innumerous creases alternately reflect and refract light, continuously shifting attention between themselves and the surrounding space. Rather than contradictory, the immaterial and the material coexist in Black’s work, as do the readymade and the handmade, the elaborate and the simple, the decorative and the raw, amongst other seeming opposites. They come together to create a highly personalized version of contemporary sculpture, and by extension, of art itself.

karla blackKarla Black, More of the Day, 2011

Karla Black was born in 1972 in Alexandria, Scotland. She received her B.F.A. in sculpture in 1999 from the Glasgow School of Art, followed by her M.F.A. in 2004. She currently lives and works in Glasgow. In 2011, the artist represented Scotland at the 54th Venice Biennale and was nominated for the Turner Prize. Her work is held in museum collections worldwide, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Tate Gallery, London.

more. www.davidzwirner.com/exhibition/karla-black/

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


CALL FOR ARTISTS: THE BODY…

Calls | December 9, 2021

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events, is pleased to announce the open call for THE BODY LANGUAGE 2022, international exhibition of photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture, and performance art, that will be held in Venice at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space from January 27 to February 18, 2022, and in other prestigious venues and historical buildings. Read more


DAMIEN HIRST: HIS OWN WORST…

Art | December 8, 2021

White Cube Hong Kong is pleased to present ‘His Own Worst Enemy’, an exhibition by Damien Hirst. Read more


Featured Artist: Fares Micue

Art | November 30, 2021

Fares Micue is a Spanish self-taught fine art/conceptual self-portrait photographer born in Lanzarote (Canary Islands) in 1987. She started photography back in 2009 as a hobby but after 6 years into this hobby, she realized that photography was the perfect medium to share her thoughts, ideas, and perception of reality with others as well as a great tool to combine her other passion that is writing, taking a different approach to the creative process of her images, putting extra attention in all the elements to include in the final image like location, colors, props, mood, and story creating a final image both rich aesthetically and in meaning. Read more


EXHIBITION REVIEW: BORDERS ART FAIR…

Uncategorized | November 30, 2021

ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and ACIT Venice - Italian-German Cultural Association, is proud to announce the great success of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, international exhibition of photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture, and performance art curated by Arch. Luca Curci, held in Venice, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space and at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello from June 14 to September 19, 2021. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!