Karen Kraven // 37 Fouettés

Jennifer Sciarrino // Cloak

+++ ANALYSIS REPORT : A text by Damien Blass.

Exhibition Runs October 1st – October 24th 2015

Opening Thursday October 1st, 7PM

Drawing on western music notation, Labanotation uses bar lines to mark the measures and double bar lines at the start and end of the movement score. Dynamics in Labanotation are also indicated through a set of symbols indicating a rise or lowering of energy resulting from physical or emotional needs, e.g. physically forceful versus an intense emotional state. Using the intricate patterning of Labanotation and cellulose textile design, Karen Kraven’s 37 Fouettés reflects on the complexities of language, movement, pattern and material embodiment and Pascalian probability theory.

Kraven holds an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal) where she lives and works. Recent solo exhibitions include Flip Flop, Front Punch at Mercer Union (Toronto), Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah at the Darling Foundry (Montreal) and the ICA at Maine College of Art (Portland), A Mucker and a Grinder at Parisian Laundry and As Above, So Below at Centre Clark (Montreal). Her work has also been shown at Centre Dare-Dare (Montreal), Leonard & Ellen Bina Gallery (Montreal) and Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto Mississauga). Upcoming is a residency in New York City funded by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Kraven is represented by Parisian Laundry in Montreal.

Jennifer Rose Sciarrino is a Toronto-based Canadian artist working in photography, sculpture, video and installation. Sciarrino’s work actively examines the continually evolving line between real and 3D rendered surfaces in visualization and contemporary object making. She is interested in ways the digital vernacular effects current and future modes of production, shifts in socio-economic concerns, cultural consumption/participation and the inevitable environmental consequences, both positive and negative. Scairrino’s installation Cloak is a two part project that attempts to capture the image of an invisibility cloak moving through time. Through rendering software a material was designed to envision the look of a meta-material invisibility cloak. How will it look if it cannot be seen? As this technology moves forward who will have access to it? What will it be used for?

Recent exhibitions include Patterned Recognition solo exhibition (Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, 2014), NADA New York (with Daniel Faria Gallery, 2014), Who’s Afraid of Purple, Orange and Green (Dunlop Art Gallery, Saskatchewan, 2014), From Nature (Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, 2013), x,y,z, solo exhibition (Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto, 2012), trans/FORM (The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, 2012) and To What Does This Sweet Cold Earth Belong? (The Power Plant,Toronto, 2011). The pen moves across the earth: it no longer knows what will happen, and the hand that holds it has disappeared. (Blackwood Gallery from September 16th to November 29th 2015 curated by Christine Shaw), Talking Back, Otherwise (Jackman Humanities Institute from September 16th 2015 to June 30th 2016 curated by Cheyanne Turions). In 2013 Sciarrino was one of the winners of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts, artist award. Sciarrino thanks the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for their support of her practice.

Alongside the exhibition there will be a book launch for:


October 17th, Time TBA.

Aamna Muzaffar in conversation with Nicholas Brown.
Accompanying text by Jacob Korczynski.
Published and Printed by Antesim, with Generous Support of the Ontario Arts Council

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