Karen Black: Dust over Aleppo - Art Collector

Karen Black, St. Simeon’s pillar, 2014. Oil on marble, dust on board, 110 x 180cm. Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Zetland

Karen Black’s upcoming exhibition Dust over Aleppo explores the history and destruction of war ravaged Syria. Black’s new suite of paintings considers the many victims of this complex civil conflict, which has developed since the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings against the Assad government. It has recently escalated substantially with increased foreign involvement.

The overarching concerns within Black’s practice relate to the relationship between tragedy and allegory, and the way events of devastation are rendered by the media and driven by political and social factors.

For the works in Dust over Aleppo, Black’s tenor is sombre and her palette muted, the paintings pale and figures ghostly. Wounds of vivid red persist, painful and bodily against the subtle, washed-out tones. The landscapes are filled with rubble and the horizons with ancient cities crumbling, with bodies strewn about and often in pieces. The paintings in Dust over Aleppo are undoubtedly Black’s most violent and solemn
to date.

Exhibition opens: 3-5pm Saturday 25 October 2014
Exhibition closes: 8 November 2014
Location: Sullivan+Strumpf, 799 Elizabeth Street, Zetland NSW 2017
Contact: 02 9698 4696
Email: art@sullivanstrumpf.com

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