Swallowing Seattle

by Grant Mandarino
(from ArtNet Mar 30, 2006)

"Swallow Harder: Selections from the Collection of Ben and Aileen Krohn," Feb. 24-May 14, 2006 at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, Wa. 98104

...thought-provoking works by local artists Victoria Haven 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 Peaks (2004) is a smaller (25 x 35 in.) version of some of her other, more ambitious cut-out pieces, but it squeezes maximal effect out of the fragility of her material. The distinctive effect of her work comes from the way Haven shrinks the monumentality of the subject matter to a wispy form.

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