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It’s Proof That Counts
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Karla Black It’s Proof That Counts
Edited by Annette Hans, Heike Munder, Paul Nesbitt, Michael Stanley.
published in April 2010
bilingual edition (English / German)
30,5 x 21,5 cm (hardcover, cloth binding)
192 pages (291 color ill.)
ISBN: 978-3-03764-084-5
EAN: 9783037640845
out of print
 
This extensive monograph gives, for the first time, a detailed insight into the work of Scottish artist Karla Black. Reflecting the ephemeral nature of her work, the monograph resembles an artist's sketchbook that is still in the process of being used.
Plaster, chalk dust, and Vaseline, or substances such as face powder, lipstick, and nail varnish are often the raw materials used by Karla Black (born 1972 in Alexandria, lives and works in Glasgow). Her delicate works—whether transparent cellophane arranged sculpturally to hang from the ceiling, or fragile works of gossamer-fine powder sprinkled onto the floor—present references to the Minimal and Conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s. Karla Black extends the classical notion of sculpture through a process-oriented, performative handling of cultural connotations and untypical materials. Not only does she create an oppositional model to the brute effect of Minimal art, but through the use of unstable and simple substances her work ties into the history of antiform, as defined notably by Robert Morris in his use of felt, or Eva Hesse in her deployment of latex.
Karla Black has been selected to represent Scotland at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.