Raffaella Cortese is proud to present the first solo show by Karla Black in Italy. Karla Blacks work is inspired by abstract expressionism and performance art and creates a highly singular path. The artist realizes large scale sculptures combining typical art materials, such as plaster, glass, polythene and paper and everyday materials including cosmetics, soap, dirt, vaseline. In a never-ending process of experimenting, Karla Black creates with matter, by highlighting the different textures. Her works remind of some kind of performance and while they seem impermanent and formless, they are striving to keep their aesthetic intact ‘forever’ in some or various ways.
For her exhibition at the gallery, Karla Black creates a series of free-standing and hanging sculptures connected by a yellow powder line. The show is basically a study in colour. The artist examines, both in terms of colour and form, how close to similarity things can be, while still managing to be utterly different. The works, while being very closely connected in terms of what they look like, reflect the way that Blacks work skirts between mediums while remaining resolutely autonomous sculpture. It is almost painting, almost installation, almost performance art but, always, in the end, most definitely sculpture. The artist rethinks the expressive gesture and plays with the different features of materials. In this way, she produces a cosmogony of expanded works, light and transparent ones, suspended from the ceiling, or coloured accumulations of powder and paper thickening on the floor.
Karla Black Exhibition
Date: May 28th - August 2nd, 2014
Opening hours: 10:00 – 13:00, 15:00 – 19:30 (and by appointment)
Closed on Sunday, Monday
Opening reception: May 28th 19:00 – 21:00
Place: Galleria Raffaella Cortese
Address: Via Stradella 7 20129 Milano
Tel: +39 02 2043555
Text: Satsuki Miyanishi