The expansive sculptures by Karla Black are characterized by an ambiguous, fragile beauty. Delicate pastel shades and films, light and reflections lend them a sense of weightlessness. Her large-format works straddle the genres of installation, painting and performance and are intended as standalone sculptures. Black works with classic sculptural materials as well as substances in everyday use and cosmetics – with Vaseline, plaster powder, transparent adhesive tape or lipstick. The texture, “the feel of it”, is crucial in her selection. For the Schirn Rotunda, the Scottish artist developed a new site-specific piece. The publication captures the delicate parts of the installation to striking effect and guides the observer through the artist’s haptic body of work. An exclusive interview with Karla Black offers an illuminating insight into her way of working and the themes and issues that are central to her work.
Featuring Karla Black in conversation with Katharina Dohm as well as images of the works at the Schirn Rotunda, bilingual edition