Montreal, August 12, 2022

La Maison Simons will be presenting an installation by artist Karen Kraven

AGAC is proud to announce a new partnership with La Maison Simons for the Papier fair. In keeping with its active interest in local creativity and talent, Simons will be presenting a new installation by Montreal artist Karen Kraven.

"At La Maison Simons, we believe that art in all its forms makes the world a more beautiful place and sparks new ideas." explains Richard Simons, vice president of buying at Simons.
"Karen Kraven, a creator who works with textiles, was a natural choice. Using clothing scraps, Karen created Hold, an original textile piece. The work is a showcase of her unique talent and demonstrates how the fashion world can sustainably take part in the conversation around art and beauty."
AGAC and Simons invite visitors to discover the installation during the fair, from August 26 to 28, or on the website as of August 26 at noon.
Karen Kraven, Hold (detail of the work)

Hold makes use of material waste from local fashion production to reveal the shapes outside of the garment construction and pause on these itinerant leftovers as they shift between form and function. 

Embedded in these scraps and through the process of accumulating this debris (the material that is not meant to be included in the clothing), is reverence for the discarded and for the body as an archive; something that unfolds and sheds through time. An unfinished or unwearable garment resists the cognitive whole.

Scraps drift in the periphery, fragmented and ever-present, articulating grief and nostalgia. These offcuts of fabric are alongside the body, unravelling and unwearable, and yet the possibilities of the body multiply; costume becomes shroud becomes ceremonial remnant.

Karen Kraven is represented by Bradley Ertaskiran gallery in Montreal. 

The artist wishes to thank Simons and would like to acknowledge the support of the Textiles & Materiality Cluster at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University. 

Plan your visit

Friday, August 26: noon - 9 p.m.
Saturday, August 27: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, August 28: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

General admission: $15
Students & Seniors: $12
Grand Quay, Port of Montreal

200 de la Commune W.
Montreal, H2Y 2B2

By metro: Place-d'Armes or Square-Victoria OACI stations
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About Papier

Created by AGAC in 2007, Papier is the largest art fair in Québec. The event is a key driver for Canadian contemporary art, as well as a unique meeting ground for the greater public, enthusiasts and visual arts professionals alike.

Papier 2022 will take place at the Grand Quay and online, giving visitors the opportunity to discover a wide range of contemporary art practices.

About AGAC

The Contemporary Art Galleries Association is a non-profit organization that actively contributes to the dissemination and promotion of Canadian artists through its different online platforms, projects and events. The Association's primary mandate is to further develop the recognition and prosperity of the contemporary art market in Canada. The Association also fosters the public's interest in visual arts and encourages the emergence of new contemporary art collectors.
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