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

Curator tour
Karla Black

Join Curator Zoë Lippett for a walk around tour of Karla Black’s exhibition.

Saturday 10 June 2023, 2pm. Free.

Bookings can also be made by calling the Gallery on 01922 654400.

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.