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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - The Stranger June 27, 2007 - - -
    on paper and sculptures were built using small unitsÑwhole landscapes constructed line by line figure by figure until a discernable whole a kind of natural architecture was formed The almost obsessive focus of these works was in the individual geometric gestures rather than the totality of the figure Coming full circle Haven is now marrying the futurism of this decade s early works with the methods and execution that are easily identifiable in the rest of her catalog Iampayingattention is a series of works that continue to look ever more closely at the nature of shape zooming in to focus on line and shape for its own sake While this formalism is only a portion of Haven s project it is an important part that acknowledges the means by which the works are executed By moving closer and closer to the shapes themselves the whole becomes less transparent Lost recognizable structure is significant The images are largely fragments and suggest an image beyond the piece setting two images in play one seen one not There are dashed rays that shoot to the edges of paper points of intersecting lines that create depth into and through the piece or color patterns that seem to radiate past the physical boundaries of the paper The deftness of execution is vital to the success of these pieces Haven s dashed lines create an effect she describes as almost like pulsing The result is architectures in motion shapes fluidly shifting between 2 D and 3 D This is especially evident in Empire Four structures move from the corners of the page pushing inward toward a meeting point to create a suggestion of an infinite but invisible center There is a topographical quality to pieces like Untitled Blue even if the specific form implies artifice Haven

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/stranger20070627/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - The Stranger SLOG Feb 10, 2007 - - -
    Graves from The Stranger s SLOG Feb 10 2007 One of my favorite pieces in the show vying for that title with Jeffry Mitchell s Turtle Wedding and Daniel Attoe s Twin Peaks inspired paintings within a painting is Victoria Haven s wall drawing made for the show from her new Rabbit Hole series The mysteriously oriented shape is made with colored tape offset by the barest hint of paint

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/slog20070210/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - ArtNet Mar 30, 2006 - - -
    and Leo Saul Berk stand out in the crowd of images looking to titillate Haven who was born and works in Seattle but trained at the London s Goldsmiths College one time training ground for the Young British Artists has over the last couple of years become a local art star She creates delicate paper cutouts of mountainous landscapes that she either mounts or pins directly to the wall Twin

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/artnet20060330/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - The Portland Mercury Jan 19, 2006 - - -
    from The Portland Mercury Jan 19 2006 Fans of abstraction and ink drawings take note Victoria Haven s new show at PDX is a knockout of delicate precisely colored architectural units ribbons and mazes whose minimal trappings belie their structural

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/mercury20060119/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - PortlandArt.com Jan 2006 - - -
    got a few images here because the delicacy of the work made it difficult to photograph In essence It appears to be intricate architectural structures drawn or painted on paper Mostly the ink or paint seemed close in color and value to the paper itself and while this made it almost impossible to photograph it made the images seem to float on the page The work is simple and ephemeral

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/portlandart200601/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - Art in America Sept 2005 - - -
    his residence Last fall the gallery relocated from the far side of downtown to the Pioneer Square area The new space opened with cutout imagery and wall installations by Seattle artist Victoria Haven Her ephemeral labor intensive pieces included small oval rings of paper pinned to the walls across an expanse of perhaps 20 feet real shadows mixing with painted ethereal blue ones Geometric patterns made of inked archival adhesive

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/artinamerica200510/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - ARTFORUM Dec 2004 - - -
    as much to Italo Calvino as to Trekkies who might have appreciated the title s allusion Although Borg Drawings had a kind of cellular logic Haven s new show Wonderland revealed a more organic explicitly natural view of things Halo all works 2004 is nearly invisible an arrangement of hundreds of Mylar ellipses that move breezily from one end of the gallery to the other like bubbles or air molecules pinned at a distance from the wall so that shadow play becomes as significant as the solid material From some angles the shadows are the only visible part of the installation a pale and delicate gray except where Haven has preempted the laws of optics by painting a shadowy curve of equally delicate blue onto the wall behind several of the forms In Wonderland she has excised a contour map of a magnificent mountain out of wood grain contact paper Overlaid intersecting and tangential shapes form rocky outcroppings peaks and ravines their tremendous bulk mitigated by the laciness of the cutout by the precision of the scalpel that created it and by the insect pins that make the work hover just off the wall This last element hardly a logical use for contact paper which is designed to adhere to another surface gives the work real wit As usual Haven has chosen her materials with an attention to detail that is as conceptual as it is aesthetic here the artist uses a material that is patently and almost comically fake to construct a lively and rather lovely version of reality The mountainous landscape reappears in a series of smaller works and drawings a mirrored Mylar version that reflects the gallery lights Mirror Mountain a fragile though curvy and sinuous cutout made of tiny hatched lines and a set of ink

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/artforum200412/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - The Stranger Oct 14-20, 2004 - - -
    send it It has been a time of recognition for Haven after 16 years of art making She has received plenty of previous notice especially outside Seattle but her most recent work seems to have brought her to a kind of tipping point of critical praise and award nods I was their Susan Lucci she jokes of winning the Seattle Art Museum s Betty Bowen Award after years and years of being up for it She s been a big inspiration for me the artist Claire Cowie says She remains unpretentious but she has a lot of rigor about her work She can move between the two things easily That rigor and flexibility have led Haven to her current and most accomplished show Wonderland Haven draws impressionistic landscapes some of which she then cuts out as relief patterns and pins to the walls casting shadows others are painted in delicate geometric lines and framed Wonderland is a mountain made out of wood grain paper a synthetic material imitating a natural material with geometric lines that constitute the mountain s organic form There is a connection between the painting and what I do now Haven says on the subject of her earlier work For me it was like the history of painting was dragging me down It was missing something Working as an oil painter in the 90s I kept feeling like How do I respond to the history of painting Her response was to leave In 1997 she went to London to get a Master of Fine Arts degree from Goldsmiths College I left to change she says I went to London to be a full fledged 3 D sculptor Instead she discovered something else I had been trying to paint almost three dimensional almost a very graphic design approach but of course it would always flatten out I wanted to find that dimension between two and three dimensions Haven found it by shifting her perspective I saw a lot of people displaying their work by pinning it to the wall so I took my work off the wall an inch instead of off the wall and onto the floor as sculpture The work was liberated and the space she worked with opened up before her It s a place to explore that will never run out When she returned to Seattle in 1999 she discarded all the materials she had been working with and started over by working with rubber bands She participated in a group show at Suyama Space They came to visit my studio and all I had up was one rubber band sculpture and they liked it she says So for the show I had this rubber band installation that was sprawling and huge among these well contained paintings and drawings People who were familiar with my paintings were like What are you doing It was a reintroduction to a whole new audience So many people had moved to Seattle and so many had moved away

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/genius/ (2016-04-28)
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