Karen Kraven: Slack Tide
Rochelle Goldberg: A Worm Filled Body

Karen Kraven: Slack Tide
Rochelle Goldberg: A Worm Filled Body

Parisian Laundry

Karen Kraven, Ipanema, 2016. Inkjet print, 48 x 35 inches.
October 18, 2016

Karen Kraven: Slack Tide
Rochelle Goldberg: A Worm Filled Body

October 21–November 26, 2016

Opening: Thursday, October 20, 6–9pm

Parisian Laundry
3550 St-Antoine West, 
Montreal, Quebec
Canada, H4C 1A9


Karen Kraven: Slack Tide
In late August of 1833 The Amphitrite left Woolwich and set sail for Botany Bay in New South Wales. The ship’s namesake was a minor sea goddess from Greek mythology; she was the youngest of 50 Nereids who reluctantly wed Poseidon. Here, the Amphitrite contained 108 female convicts, 12 children and 16 crewmembers. The ship began its journey smoothly until forceful winds sent it off course towards the coast of Northern France where it ran aground, and was stranded offshore. As the tide shifted from low to high, The Amphitrite was ripped apart, the wreckage permitting only three survivors. 

The extended period in between The Amphitrite reaching the shallows and its violent end was marked by stagnation. Its captain denied evacuation, sealing the fate of those on board, on the assumption that the convicts would be forbidden to set foot on French territory. This interval of stillness would pre-empt the forms the tragedy would take over the course of history through media such as visual art and textual accounts; forms though static, entailing distance, mutation and rupture from the initial event. 

For Slack Tide, Karen Kraven’s second solo exhibition at Parisian Laundry, the artist brings together a selection of photography and sculpture that confronts issues of perception and representation. Kraven is interested in the processes of a fundamental illusionism: optical trickery taking on various configurations in a visual field that is necessarily mediated. In a series of photographs rectangles of mesh are hung one on top of the other forming a moiré pattern. The optical distortion of the moiré overlays the surface of the fabric, visually preceding the mesh itself. A series of sculptures suggest recognizable objects and materials but abandon exact mimesis. Thus, although the content of representation is not totally erased, media’s primacy in its access is foregrounded in a series of imperfect simulacra. 

Karen Kraven holds an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal, QC). Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at 8-11 (Toronto, ON), Mercer Union (Toronto, ON) and at the Darling Foundry (Montreal, QC) and Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, ME). Her work has also been shown at Leonard & Ellen Bina Gallery (Montreal) and Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto Mississauga). She has participated in artist’s residencies at International Studio & Curatorial Program (New York, NY), Largo Das Artes (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), The Darling Foundry (Montreal, QC) and The Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). The artist would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, Diagonale (Montreal, QC) and the Post Image Cluster at Mileux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University for their support towards the realization of this project.

Rochelle Goldberg: A Worm Filled Body

Coordinates for a worm
(0-0) –A brick birthing station sanctions a supportive form. Writhing out of the possibility for containment, the brick exists in excess of itself. A single brick merely signals a segment of its interactive state. A brick in double enacts its structural mode.
(Q-9) –At 74″ high a disemboweled car body hovers with no trace of engine. An aerial collision is unlikely as all supposed obstacles are already perforated. It’s surface extends to imagery depicting the humid region under an arm. Moisture spores collide in a never ending pit.
(O-13) –A tiled foundation is exhumed and re-buried. In place of mortar is latent seed and recycled slag-dispersed to delineate the absent form. Particulate abrasives co-mingle with the emergent seed so that combustion by-product gives way to compromised germination. 
(K-38) –A liminal framework self-sutures in the distance, here a threshold experience occurs in the gathering of porosity. 
The worm that fills is also voided.

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