Franc Gallery Vancouver, Canada March 17 - April 9, 2016
Spectres of Desire is a collection of images that visually contemplate the physical properties of light through the use of various light sources and objects. Hue, pattern and surface come into play in the images, amplifying light as both material and facilitator in the photographic exposure.
Zalamea creates light forms documented via large-format analogue photography. The resultant works demonstrate a fascination with the amorphous and ungovernable, with the vestiges barely visible on the edges. Rooted in an experimental hands-on material engagement, Zalamea’s work embraces ranges of brightness and shadow, aberrations, moiré effects, and zones of reflection and refraction. The work exists within dialogues on photographic methodologies, optics, and perception, while being driven by a desire to render ephemeral luminescence perceptible.
The exhibition is accompanied by a text written by Kimberly Phillips. View PDF
You Are New to the Mountain, 2015
SÍM House Reykjavík, Iceland November 2015
The exhibition brought together 11 international visual artists who were participating in SÍM’s artist residency: Kristin Abhalter (USA), Juliette de la Mer (Ireland), Henry Detweiler (USA), Patricia Farrelly (Ireland/Scotland), Sarah Gerats (Norway), Gabrielle Kroese (Holland), Sebastian Mügge (Sweden), Elia Nuñez (Spain), Clairissa Stephens (USA), Lucy Jane Turpin (South Africa), Karen Zalamea (Canada).
Study for They are lost as soon as they are made Ice lens, vintage postcard
Form in Matter, 2013
Gallery 295 Vancouver, Canada December 14, 2012 - January 26, 2013
Exploring the visual language of maps and modeling, the photographic images present transformed representations of space. Qualities of line, light, shadow, and transparency permeate the images of deconstructed maquettes. Photographed in the studio, the resulting grayscale planes and fragments suggest shifting spaces and perspectives rendered displaced, dislodged, disoriented.
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, 2011
Toronto, Canada Exhibition Area C curated by Nicholas Brown October 1, 2011
Two looped video streams of Stereo Efficiency Cheer were exhibited on Jumbotrons on Yonge Street at 1 Richmond Street West and 1 Adelaide Street East.
WORK WORK WORK, 2009
Galerie Simon Blais Montreal, Canada August 5 - September 5, 2009
Galerie Simon Blais presented the work of Karen Zalamea, the recipient of the first Sylvie and Simon Blais Award for Emerging Visual Artists. The exhibition, utilizing photography, video, and sculpture, culminated the investigations Zalamea had carried out to complete her MFA program. In it she explored the body as a tool for work, which performs repetitive gestures and exertions, and inescapably becomes transformed in the process.
Lignes imaginaires, 2009
Galerie Les Territoires Montreal, Canada November 12 - December 1, 2009
Lignes imaginaires, a solo exhibition by artist Karen Zalamea, draws connections between physical gestures and mechanical modes of production. Through photographs and a video and sculpture-based installation, Zalamea shows evidence of repeated actions, revealing processes driven by both object-making and performance. The exhibition traces the passage of time, effort and play.