37 Fouettés Karen Kraven

October 1 - October 24, 2015
Opening October 1, 7pm

Exhibition text by Damien Blass

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.

Analysis Report / Rapport D’Aanalyse by Damien Blass

About the Artist

Karen 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.

Documentation by Yuula Benivolski