Kate Rhoades: screening of Karen and chat with the artist
August 4, 2017, 8pm
In her video Karen, Oakland-based artist Kate Rhoades focuses her attention on the Junk Lady, the memorable supporting character in Jim Henson’s 1986 cult classic film Labryinth. The Junk Lady appears as a surly woman who obsessively collects rejected furniture, pots, pans, and children’s toys on her back. She lives in the “Junk Fields” amongst other “Junk People.” But one wonders, how did she get there? According to Rhoades, she was Karen, who, in an attempt to search for her lost father, becomes disoriented as she tries to escape the vast fields of discarded objects.
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