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Karla Black

54. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte – la Biennale di Venezia - Eventi collaterali

Dal 4 giugno al 27 novembre 2011


È sospesa tra energia e massa, questa personale di quasi-oggetti nuovi di zecca. La spoglia vastità di materiale e colore puri – polverizzati, atomizzati, accumulati, stratificati, sostenuti, sospesi e riversati sul pavimento – offre un’esperienza viscerale d’assorbimento nel mondo materiale.

Scotland + Venice is delighted to announce that Karla Black has been chosen to represent Scotland at the 54th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, the world’s largest and most prestigious showcase for contemporary visual arts. The exhibition will be curated by The Fruitmarket Gallery and  will, as in 2009, be presented at Palazzo Pisani (S. Marina), Venice, from 4 June – 27 November 2011.

Karla Black makes sculpture which she has described as “actual physical explorations into thinking, feeling, communicating and relating; parts of an ongoing search for understanding, through a material experience that has been  prioritised over language”. 

She works most frequently with loose materials - plaster, chalk dust, pigment, soil, sawdust -and with materials familiar from life outside art - medicines, make-up, household cleaners, packaging and toiletries - though she often combines these with more structural elements such as glass, wood and cardboard. While not exactly site-specific, her work is made with its physical and conceptual context in mind.

This will be the fifth presentation from Scotland + Venice, a partnership between Creative Scotland, British Council Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland. It builds on the critical success of previous projects which have  featured artists including Turner Prize winner Simon Starling and Turner Prize nominees Cathy Wilkes, Jim Lambie and Lucy Skaer, and last year presented the first solo exhibition  for Scotland at the Venice Biennale  with the work of Martin Boyce.

Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland said: “The Scotland + Venice partners look forward to presenting the work of Karla Black, one of Scotland’s most remarkable artists. Drawing on the curatorial expertise of  The Fruitmarket 

Gallery we aim to build on Scotland’s growing reputation as a centre of excellence in the visual arts.”

Fiona Bradley, Director, The Fruitmarket Gallery said:

“The Fruitmarket Gallery is delighted to have been selected to curate Scotland + Venice 2011, and to be working with Karla Black. Karla is one of Scotland’s most interesting artists, whose beautiful, thoughtful and visceral sculpture has already made an impact internationally and in Scotland. This solo presentation of her work at the Venice Biennale 

underlines The Fruitmarket Gallery’s commitment to presenting the work of Scottish artists on an international stage, both in Edinburgh and abroad.”

Karla Black (b. 1972) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work has been shown in major museum and commercial gallery exhibitions in the UK and abroad.  She is represented by Mary Mary, Glasgow and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne and her work is held in museum collections including Tate, London; migros museum für gegenwartskunst Zürich; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and Arts Council Collection, England.Forthcoming exhibitions include: Karla Black, Capitain Petzel, Berlin (2010); British Art Show 7, various UK venues (2010 – 11); Watercolour, Tate Britain, London; Essential Art, Collezione  Maramotti, Italy (both 2011).

Recent solo exhibitions  include:  Ten Sculptures, Kunsthalle  Nürnberg (2010); Karla Black: Sculptures with paintings by Bet Low (1924-2007), Inverleith House, Edinburgh; Modern Art Oxford; Migros Museum,  Zurich; Kunstverein Hamburg (with Kostis Velonis & Karen Sargsyan); Mary Mary, Glasgow (all 2009).


Scheda Evento

Palazzo Pisani Santa Marina, Cannaregio 6103 (Calle delle Erbe) - VENEZIA