Text by Carol Armstrong, Susanne Figner and Barry Schwabsky
The large-scale forms of Scottish sculptor Karla Black (born 1972) evoke the pastel, towering layer cakes one might see in a bakery window. Materials include cellophane, plaster powder, lip gloss, glitter hair spray, and tracing paper. This publication explores Black’s tactile, confectionlike creations.
Publisher: Walther König, Köln
Artists: Karla Black
Contributors: Carol Armstrong, Susanne Figner, Barry Schwabsky
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9 x 11 1/2 in (22.9 x 29.2 cm)
Reproductions: 150 color
Retail: $55 US & Canada | £33 | €38
Karla 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.