Karen Kraven: Flip Flop, Punch Front

29 May 2015 - 1 August 2015
Opening Reception 29 May 2015 7pm


Mercer Union is delighted to present a solo exhibition by Montreal-based artist Karen Kraven entitled Flip Flop, Punch Front opening on Friday 29th May 2015.

Karen Kraven’s works set up unexpected encounters between sculptures and images, uncanny resemblances and misleading juxtapositions. Flip Flop, Punch Front continues Kraven’s interest in sport with an exploration of adornment, performance and conceptions of gender, class, race and nation state. The title of the exhibition refers to specific moves within gymnastics where action, stasis and the ability to push oneself manifests through composed performance. Focusing on excerpted elements of gesture, costume, decorated nails and leotards, and unbridled conviction, Kraven gathers bodily forms and images prompting the question of what is missing from the action.

Please join us on Tuesday 7 July at 7PM for an artist talk by Kraven in conversation with Georgina Jackson and Cait McKinney.

Karen Kraven received her MFA from Concordia University  in 2012, where she was the recipient of the Dale & Nick Tedeschi Fellowship, and her BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art, Portland (2015), Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah, Darling Foundry, Montreal (2014), A Mucker and a Grinder, Parisian Laundry (2013) and As Above, So Below, Centre Clark, Montreal (2014). Her work has also been shown at Centre Dare-Dare, Montreal (2010), Leonard & Ellen Bina Gallery, Montreal (2011) and Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto Mississauga (2011). She has participated in artist’s residencies at The Banff Centre and with Reverse Pedagogy, Venice. From 2013-2016, she will have a Montreal Artist’s Creation Studio at the Darling Foundry, Montreal.  Kraven currently lives and works in Montreal.


Image credit: Karen Kraven, image from the studio, 2015. Courtesy of the artist