May 13 – November 26
Karla Black presents a new installation in VIVA ARTE VIVA, the main exhibition at the Venice Biennale curated by Christine Macel in the Giardini and the Arsenale venues.
The artist has created an entirely new site-specific installation of her abstract sculpture, which uses a combination of everyday materials including powder, soap, gels, and pastes, along with more traditional media such as plaster, chalk, paint, and paper. Black's installation includes multiple sculptural objects suspended from the ceiling and touching the floor of the exhibition space.
Read more: The Guardian in conversation with the artist in 2011, when she represented Scotland at the 54th Venice Biennale
April 23 – June 18
Karla Black presented new works created on site at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Deurle, Belgium. Black's installations involved the entire area of the museum, making use of the intense play of natural light inside the exhibition space. The artist created abstract sculptures using a combination of everyday materials including powder, soap, gels, and pastes, along with more traditional media such as plaster, chalk, paint, and paper.
The modernist Dhondt-Dhaenens museum building was commissioned by Jules and Irma Dhondt-Dhaenens in 1967 as a place to house their personal art collection. It has since become a museum and contemporary art center open to the public.
This exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland brought together the work of Karla Black and Japanese artist Kishio Suga. Though they were unaware of each other's work prior to the conception of the exhibition, both artists used everyday materials to create sculptural works that engaged the surrounding architecture.