Karen Krolak is deeply concerned with pathways. A choreographer at heart, her work winds its way through life’s processes, bringing the audience to sets of instruction and action that result in revelations both in her work and in the participants.
Her work can be seen currently at the Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St, Somerville, MA. The show title In Triplicate, carries a special significance for Karen.
“The exhibit opened on June 3, 2017 -,” says Krolak, “which would have been my mother’s 75th birthday. When I read the call for this show, I immediately began to think about all of the paperwork that had to be filled out in triplicate after the car accident in 2012 that killed my mother, father, and older brother.”
Upon entry to the space of This is going to take a while to process, a river of paperwork carrying short instructions streams into the room. Scattered across the floor and flowing up the walls, they present as a deluge of imperatives with only the currents of the paper path as guidance.
“In my head, I like to think of this as instructions for the dance of the undead,” says Karen. “Working with Peter Rostovsky as a mentor (in the SNC MFA-IA program) encouraged me to decontextualize my experience as a teacher.”
To the deluge of paperwork of This is going to take a while to process…, Karen’s previous piece, The Shelf, has lent its audio track. The Shelf employs a robotic voice to tell one side of a death benefits conversation with an officer of the government.
The final movement of This is going to take a while to process… will occur on Sunday, July 2, 2017, from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm. Monkeyhouse will join Karen to present three different performance responses to the installation.