Karen Kraven’s works set up unexpected encounters between sculptures and images, uncanny resemblances and misleading juxtapositions. Like a stage or film set that’s been frozen in time, these spaces confound and delight through the practiced strategies of a confident artist. Kraven exploits the illusion and attraction found in such pursuits as horseracing, hunting and fishing, and counterfeiting. These motifs take the guise of everyday items, handmade surrogates and decoys. Shifting and mutating, they collapse upon one another, mesmerizing us as they reappear enlarged, divided, transubstantiated, inflated, and flattened.
Born in London, Ontario, Karen Kraven holds an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she was the recipient of the Dale & Nick Tedeschi Fellowship. Based in Montreal and represented by Parisian Laundry, she has also exhibited at Centre Clark, Montreal, Leonard & Ellen Bina Gallery, Montreal, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga, and Neubacher Shor Contemporary, Toronto. From 2013 to 2016, she will have a Montreal Artist's Creation Studio at the Darling Foundry.
The artist received the generous support of Dale & Nick Tedeschi
Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, U.S.A.
Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah, Fonderie Darling, Montreal
Karen Kraven, Clark House Initiative, Mumbai, India
Door to Door, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario
Firm Curves Behind a Brick Wall, Centre Dare-Dare, Montreal