Higher…Higher

April 2 - May 16, 2009
at Greg Kucera Gallery

Haven's recent work includes drawings on paper and material explorations ranging from the seemingly fragile (ink and collage on delicate Gampi paper) to the solid (cut metal structures plated or powder-coated). These multiple avenues of investigation are united by Haven's focused exploitation of the chosen material.

The act of drawing has been Haven's primary mode of making work, employing a variety of materials including rubber-bands and nails, a wide assortment of tape and mylar, cut paper, plastic and metal in the process.

The artist's past work has referred obliquely to built space, and it has also drawn upon familiar elements of the Northwest landscape. In addition to their suggestion of actual and imagined places, these works explore an interior geography. Using abstraction, shifting perspectives, and intuitive processes, Haven explores phenomena of fleeting sensations, multiple viewpoints, and severed space. Whether referencing the real or the imagined (or collapsing the distinction between them), Haven's work operates in the realm of psychological as well as formal space.

For this exhibition, Haven introduces the photographic print as a new investigative process. The title, HIGHER...HIGHER, references the visual appearance of levitation and defiance of gravity in the work. All the work in this exhibition, whether photographs, works on paper or wall installations, are devoid of obvious horizon lines. The figure's delicate lines appear to float off the paper and drift away from the wall.

Victoria Haven received her BFA from the University of Washington and her MFA from Goldsmiths College/University of London. She was the 2004 recipient of The Stranger "Genius Award" as well as the Betty Bowen Award from the Seattle Art Museum. She also received Pollock-Krasner Award in 1996 and 2000. The artist lives and works in Seattle.

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