The European Biennial of Contemporary Art

28 June 31 October 2014

St. Petersburg, Russia The State Hermitage Museum

Karla Black

Recognizable Defense

Karla Black, Nature Does The Easiest Thing, 2011 (detail).
Plaster powder, powder paint, cellophane, sellotape, paint, polythene, thread, 210 x 1580 x 500 cm. Installation view, Before the law (group exhibition), Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 2011.
Photo: Lothar Schnepf, Courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

Born 1972 in Alexandria, Scotland
Lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland

Karla Black studied fine art and philosophy at the Glasgow School of Art between 1999 and 2004. After graduation she continued to live and work in Glasgow. Black is especially known as a sculptor, combining in her works different subjects from traditional art-making materials such as a paper, plaster, and chalk with such everyday objects and substances as cosmetic, toiletries, sugar, and cellophane. She works with different spaces, making a kind of abstract installation, sculptures that connect with Land Art and performance art. Black has exhibited her work internationally, representing Scotland at the fifty-fourth Venice Biennale (2011). She was shortlisted for the 2011 Turner Prize. Recent solo exhibitions include shows at the Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (2013), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2013), the Gemeente Museum, The Hague (2013), the Dallas Museum of Art (2012), the Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2012), and the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2012), among others.