by Allison Gibson
(from Daily Serving, May 12, 2009)
Currently on view at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle is a solo exhibition of new and past work by Victoria Haven, entitled HIGHER… HIGHER. For Haven’s first solo show at the renown Seattle space, the artist expanded her practice of creating works on paper and sculptural pieces to explore additional media, including photography and wall painting. This exhibition incorporates works in all of these disparate mediums, but with a cohesive aesthetic of geometric shape, delicate lines and text. With this work, it’s as much about what the artist created as it is about what she didn’t touch. The negative space that lingers inside the pointed angles of Haven’s paintings and amid the matrix of shapes illustrated in works of ink on fragile varieties of paper, consorts with the work to create a full, yet ethereal image of her investigation of shape and space. Shadows on the wall below the lifted steel sculptures become as important to the pieces as their polished nickel or powder coated finishes. HIGHER… HIGHER is on view through May 16th.
Victoria Haven lives and works in Seattle. She 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 a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship in 1996 and in 2000. Her work has been exhibited at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle; PDX Contemporary Art, Portland; the Austin Museum of Art, Texas; the Drawing Center, New York; and RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, among many others.