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.”

Karen Krolak - This is going to take a while to process... - Nave Gallery Annex

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.”


Karen Krolak - This is going to take a while to process... - Nave Gallery AnnexTo 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.

You can process Karen’s work at  Nave Gallery Annex, along with the work of Carlie Bristow and Anthony Febo, Justin Playl and Inguna Gremzde until July 2, 2017.

In Triplicate
Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester St,Somerville,Massachusets-02144
Starting on
June 2, 2017
Ending on
July 2, 2017
In Triplicate showcases the power of three, whether three minds working toward a singular goal or an artwork in three parts. ARTISTS: Make Art & Cry Collaborative (Carlie Bristow and Anthony Febo) Inguna Gremzde Karen Krolak Justin Playl Julie Playl ABOUT THE CURATOR: Liz Helfer is a sculptor known primarily for her work with bronze and cast iron. Liz graduated with her BFA in 2010 from Alfred University. She has continued her artistic development through work in the United States and Europe. She has recently dipped a toe into curatorial waters and is fascinated by the confluence of contemporary art practice and the mediation of perception in our technological age. She currently creates cast metal and mixed media sculpture at her studio in Cambridge, MA.