Sunday 17 December 2017

Sculptor who uses mud on shortlist for Turner Prize

Robert Dex in London

An artist who uses mud to make sculptures has been shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize.

Karla Black, who lives in Glasgow, is one of four artists in the running for the prestigious prize.

Jury member Katrina Brown said 38-year-old Black used "very insubstantial and surprising materials", including soil and lipstick, in her work, which she described as having a "vulnerable beauty". Her work Left Right, Left Right is a rectangle of soil, sand and gravel.

The other artists are fellow Glaswegian Martin Boyce, Hilary Lloyd and George Shaw.

Boyce creates installations inspired by concrete trees which are described as "evoking the urban landscape".

Lloyd's "slightly voyeuristic" work is typified by video screens and projectors showing scenes including construction sites, while Shaw's work is painted with Humbrol enamel paint normally used by model makers.

This year's exhibition is held at the Baltic in Gateshead from October 21 and the winner will be announced on December 5. The winner receives £25,000 (€27,700).

Irish Independent

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