Karen Rubado

Weaving Structural Improvisation

Rubado Intro
broken, 2018
Rubado Full Install

By creating an environment that encourages the unexpected and allows for spontaneity, issues that arise become potential opportunities, expanding the space for discovery. In jazz and modern dance, the technique of extemporising within pre-determined boundaries is known as structural improvisation. Employing a similar approach, my weaving practice becomes a subtle form of opposition to the authorial powers of tradition and the expectations emanating from both craft and contemporary art conventions.

Weaving is a methodical and meditative practice that allows one to oscillate between periods of mind wandering and concentration. Repetition is frequently disrupted by uncontrolled events that show up in the work as blemishes. It is the imperfections that I find intriguing. They point to disrupted expectations and moments of transformation that contrast with snippets of well-choreographed intersections.

Rubado Side Yellow2
La Ciotat, 2018
Rubado Perfect2
broken, 2018
Rubado Allthattranspired
all that transpired, 2018
Rubado Deconstructed
untitled (deconstructed), 2018
Rubado Outofline
out of line, 2018

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