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Karla Black, Locked (detail), 2010, cellophane, Scotch tape, ribbon, polystyrene, plaster, paint, soap. Overall dimensions variable (sculpture 20 7/8 x 21 1/4 x 28 1/2").

Karla Black

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Karla Black, Locked (detail), 2010, cellophane, Scotch tape, ribbon, polystyrene, plaster, paint, soap. Overall dimensions variable (sculpture 20 7/8 x 21 1/4 x 28 1/2").

In recent years Karla Black has become famous for sculptures made of untreated, pastel-colored powdered plaster, ghostly accumulations of plastic sheeting that appear to have been casually, carelessly left to hang in midair, and incredibly fragile-looking paper objects that can stand up on their own but look as if even the slightest breeze would topple them. In short, she has been exploring the ephemeral qualities of enduring transitional states, which she has inscribed in the floury or scraggy bodies of sculptures that are balanced perfectly on the edge between form and anti-form. Her recent show in Berlin was no exception—there was a crumpled paper sculpture; a mobile-like ensemble composed of apparently free-floating sheets of paper that fluctuated between object and picture, space and surface; and a sod installation that gradually dried out over the course of the show.

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