Karla Black, Never Known To Figure, 2023 (detail). Photo: David Rowan.

BSL led tour
Karla Black

Join Deaf artist Olivier Jamin for a BSL led tour of Karla Black’s exhibition.

Thursday 29 June 2023, 2pm. Free.

If you would like to book an exclusive tour of the exhibition for your group, with a BSL interpreter, please contact Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator Alex Jolly via Alex.jolly@walsall.gov.uk to discuss your group’s needs and to arrange a date. Fees may apply.

About the exhibition

The New Art Gallery Walsall presents a major exhibition of new sculptures by critically acclaimed Scottish artist Karla Black. This is the artist’s largest UK solo exhibition to date, providing a rare opportunity to see her work in depth.

Karla Black explores materials for their physical properties, from products such as cotton wool, make-up, Vaseline and jewellery boxes to those usually found in fine art: powder paint, cartridge paper, watercolour ink, chalk, and cellophane. These loose, raw, folded or contained materials become site-specific works that hang, hover, rise, scatter, heap, leap and spread.

Utilising the large open plan galleries on Floor 3, Black will make two multi-faceted, room-size works and a number of singular sculptures. In the Gallery’s Window Box overlooking Gallery Square, Black has also created a specially commissioned work, Never Known To Figure, a painterly sculpture that is at once suggestive of a sweet shop, make-up counter, and an exuberant Baroque living room.