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Capitain Petzel opens solo exhibitions of works by Karla Black and Luke Fowler
Luke Fowler, film still of ELECTRO-PYTHAGORUS (a portrait of Martin Bartlett).

BERLIN.- Capitain Petzel announces the second solo exhibition of artist Karla Black at the Berlin gallery, running from February 17 to April 14, 2018. Her show is taking place on the ground floor of the gallery’s glass encased exhibition space. At the same time, artist, filmmaker and musician Luke Fowler is presenting his first exhibition at the gallery, entitled »Electro-Pythagorus (a portrait of Martin Bartlett),« which is on view in the lower exhibition space.

Karla Black has created a unique artistic language using a mix of traditional and unconventional materials such as cellophane, sugar paper, plaster powder and cosmetic products. Her sculptural works, which are often room-filling and highly colorful, operate between installation, painting and performance art, while ultimately and very definitely claiming to be separate, autonomous sculptures.

Her exhibition at Capitain Petzel features new works that concentrate specifically on the markmaking in her sculptural practice through color and light.

For the show the artist has realized various works made of Vaseline mixed with paint and then sealed between glass screens. There are two freestanding sculptures with wooden bases concealed inside clay and three new works consisting of wooden doors complete with glass mounts. There are hanging sculptures composed of the same materials. The main piece of the show extends over the large storefront windows and the door of the gallery. Here, Black worked directly on the glass by drawing lines and shapes with lipstick that she then blended and smudged with her hands. Further elements are hanging sculptures made of acrylic paint, towels colored with bath bombs, wool, toilet paper and crystals.

Karla Black (born 1972 in Alexandria, UK) lives and works in Glasgow. In 2011 she represented Scotland at the 54th Venice Biennale, and in the same year she was nominated for the Turner Prize. Her work has been the subject of numerous international solo and group exhibitions.

Luke Fowler creates cinematic collages that break down conventional approaches to biographical and documentary filmmaking. Working with archival footage, photography and sound, Fowler creates filmic portraits of socially radical figures; from the avant-garde composer and political activist Cornelius Cardew (1936–1981) to the Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing (1927–1989).

Luke Fowler´s exhibition at Capitain Petzel features the film »Electro-Pythagorus (a portrait of Martin Bartlett),« completed in 2017, and a series of photographs about the electronic music composer Martin Bartlett (1939-1993). Bartlett, who conducted pioneering experiments with computers in the 1970s and 1980s, made an important and original contribution to the development of live electronic music, devising elegant and open interactions for instrumental performers and computer-controlled synthesizer. Despite his prolific and significant career of experimentation and collaboration his work remains little known.

Fowler traces Bartlett’s personal and professional life by exploring the legacy of his musical experimentation and his influence on musicians today. Using archival footage and audio recordings of Bartlett from various sources, Fowler interweaves these with his own 16mm footage, filmed in and around the archives that hold Bartlett’s recordings and personal effects at The Western Front, a multi-disciplinary artist-run space co-founded by Bartlett in Vancouver, Canada. Bartlett died in 1993 of AIDS-related causes.

Luke Fowler (born 1978 in Glasgow, UK) lives and works in Glasgow. He was nominated for The Turner Prize in 2012. His work has been included in numerous international exhibitions and screenings.

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