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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - The Seattle Times Oct 8, 2004 - - -
    the art of taking ordinary office supplies and kitchen shelf paper and turning them into extraordinary statements some of which have received recognition in Portland New York Melbourne and London Next week in a ceremony at the Seattle Art Museum Haven will be awarded the 2004 Betty Bowen Memorial Award accompanied by a check for 11 000 Given the entire space at the new Howard House location Haven fills it admirably with a confidence and imagination that startles the viewer considering how pervasive the mountain peak image is Over and over the University of Washington graduate who also attended graduate school at the University of London re thinks our deepest notions of what a landscape should look like Rather than a solid mass Haven perforates the earth using either pieces of clear plastic cut up faux woodgrain Con Tact paper or colored adhesive tape In works like Wonderland Twin Peaks and Range 1 the viewer looks through the mountain to a structured organic basis that is wholly imaginary yet looks strangely authoritative like a geology survey map While Haven is fulfilling her early promise in ways that her teachers would be proud of Scherer is on the verge of finding her true voice Not surprising for an artist of her generation the 33 year old Kansas City Art Institute graduate who attended grad school at the UW has fastened upon our society s cult of celebrity to critique and satirize Twenty eight entertainment and political figures have been stripped to their basics and lovingly painted by Scherer She s brilliantly reduced such figures as actors Tom Cruise Brad Pitt Mel Gibson Halle Berry and Charlize Theron to single body parts lips eyes ears mouths teeth and in the case of Pitt one nipple The results are hilarious and timely Visitors

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/seatimes20041008/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - Seattle Weekly Oct 6-12, 2004 - - -
    made from whispy ephemeral materials there s a formidable solidity to her work The show s title Wonderland derives from a large scale two dimensional mountain cut from a maze of shelf paper printed with phony wood grain The whole assemblage is truly wonder inspiring but like Disneyland this vast mountain is founded on something profoundly artificial But that s Haven s true genius being able to take a cheap

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/weekly20041006/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - Seattle P-I Oct 1, 2004 - - -
    country painting similar scenes and painting them as well In 1997 she chucked it all and went to London to get a master of fine arts degree from Goldsmiths College a hotbed of conceptually based work When she returned to Seattle in 1999 she was a different artist What she left out became as important as what she put in Because Seattle is full of new collectors and curators they had no past Haven with which to reckon I took a couple of years to adjust I couldn t see the relationship between the previous and present It finally dawned on me There isn t one She pulled herself up by her own hair turned herself inside out and became new to herself She went to London for the same reason early 20th century American painters went to Paris to saturate themselves in contemporary aesthetics and reemerge with something singularly their own Not that her work is entirely original Nothing is Haven moved to London to discover her relationship with the legacy of Southern Californian Light and Space artists such as Robert Irwin and James Turrell Why didn t she go to California for that Partly because she didn t have that goal when she set off and partly because Light and Space art is historical and as such is as likely to be found in London collections as Californian ones In Seattle she has continued to draw with a knife Halo is a stream of translucent Mylar oblongs pinned a small distance from the wall Not only do these simple shapes cast elaborate shadows they have a vector of motion that carries them along in a stream as if some force is blowing them sideways To underscore the shadows she occasionally paints a blue curve on the wall a

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/seapi20041001/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - Seattle P-I September 22, 2004 - - -
    tape rubber bands paper and ink she creates land masses whose modest size belies their great scale Haven is the winner of the 2004 Betty Bowen Memorial Award Bowen an arts activist who died prematurely in 1977 was a avid supporter of young Northwest artists hence the award named in her honor The Bowen award is administered through the Seattle Art Museum where Bowen worked Haven receives 11 000 and

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/seapi20040922/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - Absolute Arts, Nov 2002 - - -
    Patrick Meagher Julie Mehretu Matthew Northridge Sven Pehlsson Adam Ross Dannielle Tegeder Shirley Tse and Kevin Zucker The Henry s presentation includes a new commission by Seattle artist Victoria Haven Advances in technology and communication have begun to blur the distinctions between what is real and virtual interior and exterior natural and artificial local and global The artists in Out of Site have responded to these developments by re organizing and re articulating space using a wide range of media The fictional spaces in the work in Out of Site point to new ways of experiencing and navigating space both physically in our homes workplaces and neighborhoods as well as on the Internet and are informed by the history of utopian proposals science fiction and major shifts in architectural discourse and building in recent years Out of Site is organized by New Museum Associate Curator Anne Ellegood who states The spaces presented in Out of Site range from optimistic and transcendent to paranoid and frightening but each artist interprets the vast landscape of possibilities and challenges in which we find ourselves today Much of the work while examining futuristic or fantastical virtual realities extant only in the mind scapes of the artists is deeply rooted in the materials of the everyday world Many of the artists in Out of Site while acknowledging the impact of virtual reality have purposely chosen not to create the ultra virtual Instead they select simple low tech commonplace materials such as dry wall tape vellum Styrofoam and foam core on which to transplant engage and probe the very notions of virtual reality As catalogue essayist and organizing curator at the Henry Art Gallery Rhonda Lane Howard asserts The hybrid spaces created by these artists highlight materials that can be easily manipulated and molded to create

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/press/absolute20021111/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - Iampayingattention - - -
    drawing and in delicate steel I am paying attention to the shadows and to the space between the words and the wall To the unseen space where attention is not paid Where we forget to look Where looking itself resides and where looking itself looks Where the visible and the invisible meet This is where I am paying attention My attention spans that which is there and that which is not there and that which might be there And somehow the absence of the oedipal insult makes it all the more urgent Sarah Callahan Billy Howard Interview with Victoria Haven BH When we did the show Borg Drawings Resistance is Futile there was a sense of multiple directions but it also felt very cohesive in that geometry was a recurring theme tying all these pieces together VH The notion of a single unit morphing proliferating and adapting to create another separate entity was reflected in the show not only in the way each drawing was made but also in the way these drawings co existed to comprise a show I got really excited thinking about the layers of a city about old buildings being fixed up and torn down and the way scaffolding acts as a visual structure as a necessary support system for the transformation of these buildings The idea of the shifting city led me to think about how things get homogenized by built space and the Borg drawings grew out of that It seemed very specific to my geography but also universal Everything I looked at or read seemed to related to this idea of the Borg especially the idea of pop culture closing in on itself in an instantaneous monopoly of taste One can see the references to scaffolding in this work as a sort of homage to that which is put up and then taken down to the ephemeral and the temporary BH Despite the intensity of the act of making your signature dashed lines it seems very effortless on a purely visual level because it s done so well Could you talk a bit about the space that you are simultaneously creating and denying VH What interests me is this sense of shifting territory of space not being totally solid or stationary The dashed line operates like a semi transparent border that allows a kind of visual opening that the viewer s eye can move through This movement adds to the physical presence of the piece creating what I describe as an abstract hum or vibration I think of it almost like a pulsing involuntary result of being alive and present It comes back to the idea of focusing of paying attention to the tiniest details I am always trying to balance the concentration that goes into the making of the drawing with a feeling of tranquility that is conveyed when looking at it BH You ve been known to use non traditional materials like rubber bands tape and mylar In your new body

    Original URL path: http://www.vichaven.com/shows/iampayingattention/ (2016-04-28)
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  • - - - Victoria Haven - - Infrastructure - - -
    the functioning of a community or society such as transportation and communications systems water and power lines and public institutions including schools post offices and prisons Studio Voltaire presents Infrastructure an exhibition that explores the visible and invisible systems we live within Ranging from belief systems to the built environment and the internet these structures intersect forming an ubiquitous largely invisible network that shapes who we are and what we

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