Karla Black

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Turner Prize Installation View, 2011 © Karla Black
Turner Prize Installation View (2), 2011 © Karla Black
Doesn't Care In Words , 2011 © Karla Black
At Fault (detail) , 2011 Cellophane, Paint, Sellotape, Plaster Powder, Powder Paint, Sugar Paper, Chalk, Bath Bombs, Ribbon, Wood Dimensions Variable © Photo: Gautier Deblonde / Courtesy the artist and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
At Fault (detail) / Installation view Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina), 54th Venice Biennale , 2011 Cellophane, Paint, Sellotape, Plaster Powder, Powder Paint, Sugar Paper, Chalk, Bath Bombs, Ribbon, Wood Dimensions Variable © Photo: Gautier Deblonde/ Courtesy the artist and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Scotland + Venice 54th Venice Biennale Installation view, Palazzo Pisani (S.Marina), 2011 © Photo: Gautier Deblonde /Courtesy the artist and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Scotland + Venice /Installation view, Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina) , 2011 © Photo: Gautier Deblonde/Courtesy the artist and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Forgetting Isn’t Trying (detail) / Installation view, Palazzo Pisani (S.Marina) 54th Venice Biennale, 2011 Polythene, Plaster Powder, Powder Paint, Thread 150 X 130 X 35cm © Photo: Gautier Deblonde / Courtesy the artist and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
© Courtesy of the artist & Capitain Petzel
Forget About Faces , 2008 Cling Film, Body Moisturizing Creams, Sellotape, Paint Variable Dimensions © Saatchi Gallery
Walk Away From Gilded Rooms , 2008 Polythene, Chalk Dust, Thread. Installation Detail Variable Dimensions © Saatchi Gallery
Expressions Are Hurting, Move Outside (detail) , 2008 Cellophane, Sellotape, Petroleum Jelly, Paint, Plaster Powder, Glass, Polythene Bags, Concealer Stick, Lipgloss, Hair Conditioner, Bath Cream, Tracing Paper, Glitter Hair Spray, Lipstick. © Saatchi Gallery
Causes Bend , 2007 Plaster, Sugar Paper, Chalk, Fabric Dye, Towel Variable Dimensions © Saatchi Gallery
Popularly Believed, (detail view) , 2012 Cellophane, Sellotape, Paint, Spray Deodorant, Foot Spray 169 X 193 X 155 Cm / 66 1/2 X 76 X 61 1/8 Ins © Courtesy of Stuart Shave/Modern Art
installation view, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow © Courtesy of the artist & Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow
Exactly That, (detail), 2012 Plaster Powder, Powder Paint, Cellophane And Sellotape 360 X 760 X 435 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & The Dallas Museum of Art
Without Wishing, 2011 Zeep, Aarde, Gips, Glas, Papier, Ijzerdraad En Spray Paint © Courtesy of the artist & The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
© Courtesy of the artist & David Zwirner
Includes Use, 2016 Powder Paint, Plaster Powder, Toilet Paper, And Glitter 330 3/4 X 366 1/8 X 7 Inches (840 X 930 X 17.8 Cm) © Courtesy of the Artist and David Zwirner
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Karla Black was born in Alexandria, Scotland, in 1972, and now lives and works in Glasgow. She studied at Glasgow School of Fine Art, where she took a BA in sculpture, an MPhil in Art in Organisational Contexts and an MA in Fine Art. Her work has been the subject of several solo shows around the UK and Germany since 2002, and has featured in numerous group shows, including at the Saatchi Gallery. She is represented by Modern Art in London and Galerie Gisela Capitain in Cologne.

Karla Black Biography
1972   Born in Alexandria, Scotland
  Lives and works in Glasgow
Selected Exhibitions
2009   Nothing to say and I'm saying it, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany
2008   Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London
2008   Strange Solution, Art Now, Tate Britain, London
2008   Galerie Gisela Capitain, Köln (solo)
2008   West London Projects, London (solo)
2008   Mary Mary, Glasgow (solo)
2007   IBID Projects, London (solo)
2007   Ultramoderne, Hall Paul Wurth, Luxembourg; La Passerelle, Brest
2007   What remains. Quello che resta, Lambretto Art Project, Milan
2007   Poor Thing, Kunsthalle Basel (curated by Simone Neuenschwander)
2007   Special Presentation, Broadway 1602, New York
2007   Untitled - Works on Paper, Art:Concept, Paris
2007   Planting the tele, Mary Mary, Glasgow (Curated by Hayley Tompkins)
2006   Galerie Sandra Bürgel, Berlin (solo)
2006   Mary Mary, Glasgow (solo)
2006   Outpost, Norwich (solo)
2006   Have Him Be Her, Broadway 1602, New York (solo)
2006   Karla Black / Sally Osborn / Sue Tompkins, Flaca, London
2006   Karla Black / Dean Hughes / Duncan Marquiss /Jonathan Owen / Hanneline Visnes, Doggerfisher, Edinburgh
2005   Pilot 2, London
2005   Like It Matters, CCA, Glasgow
2005   Exile, New York is a Good Hotel, Broadway 1602, New York
2005   Not Yet Night, Studio Voltaire, London
2005   Karla Black / Babak Ghazi, S1 Artspace, Sheffield
2004   Spacemakers, Lothringer Dreizehn, Munich
2004   MFA Degree show, Tramway, Glasgow
2004   Rheinschau Art Projects, Cologne (with Transmission)
2004   Mary Mary, Glasgow (solo)
2004   Synth, Kunstraum B/2, Leipzig
2004   Cheyney Thompson / Karla Black, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
2003   Pallas, The Changing Room Gallery, Stirling
2003   East International, Norwich Gallery, Norwich
2003   School of Art & Design (curated by Toby Webster & Eva Rothschild)
2003   An American Conversation (with Alex Frost), Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee
2002   The Châteaux, Switchspace, Glasgow
2002   Half the World Away, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts
2002   Center, Buffalo, New York
2002   Robert, Glasgow Project Room (solo)
2001   Man Dancing, Intermedia Gallery, Glasgow
2001   October: Contemporary Art in St. Vincent Street, Glasgow
2001   Hi-Civics, Market Gallery, Glasgow
2000   Louder than Love, De Zeyp, Brussels
2000   Someone, Somewhere…., Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow
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