Haven’s work includes works on paper (drawings and cut structures), and material explorations ranging from delicate (reflective Mylar collaged onto fragile Gampi paper) to robust (wrought steel dipped in white plastic). These multiple avenues of investigation are united by Haven’s focused exploitation of the chosen material, which allows her to “emancipate line from form, gesture from surface, and to play with the interval between two and three dimensions”. (Seattle P-I, June 28th, 2007: "Abstraction takes on fresh dimensions in Haven's 'Iampayingattention' " by Nate Lippens)
Haven’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 process, Haven explores phenomena of fleeting sensations, energy fields, and severed space. Whether referencing the real or the imagined (or collapsing the distinction between them), Haven’s drawings create psychological as well as formal space.
Goldsmiths College/University of London, Masters in Fine Art
University of Washington, Seattle, BFA in Painting
Subtitles, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Overland, Planthouse, New York, NY
‘Proposed Land Use Action’: Elles: SAM Singular Works by Seminal Women Artists, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Hit the North (45º 52'N), PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Hit the North (47º 60'N), Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
Higher...Higher, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
Splitting the Difference, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
‘Iampayingattention’, Howard House, Seattle, WA
SIN, Frye Art Museum special project, Seattle, WA
The Lucky Ones, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
WONDERLAND, Howard House, Seattle, WA
Apparent Horizon, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
PICA wall project (Portland Institute of Contemporary Art) Foyer Wall Installation, Portland, OR
Acts of Drawing, Howard House, Seattle, WA
Tetris Drawings and Other New Work, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Borg Drawings—Resistance is Futile, Howard House, Seattle, WA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Range, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Interior Margins, The Lumber Room, Portland, OR
Reclaimed: Nature and Place Through Contemporary Eyes, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
The Three Dimensional Line, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA, curated by Ellen Ziegler
Vortexhibition Polyphonica, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
The New American Landscape, Kahnaway Art & Ecology, Washougal, WA
Northwest Artist Editions, Open Satellite, Seattle, WA
Sounds Human, Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA, curated by Lele Barnett and Kathy Lindenmayer
Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA
Vantage, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
Century 21: Dealer’s Choice, The Wright Space, Seattle, WA
Gimme, curated by Suzanne Beal for Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
As it Seems, curated by Pamela Meredith for Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
Elegantly Frugal, Deceptively Simple, Schneider Museum of Art-Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
Circle-Triangle-Square, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver, WA
Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Over + Over: Passion for Process, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Take the Cake, The Stranger Genius Retrospective, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WAPaper Trails, Howard House, Seattle, WA
Swallow Harder - Selections from the Ben and Aileen Krohn Collection, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Infrastructure, Voltaire Space, London, England
Group Show, Sun Valley Arts Center. Sun Valley, ID
Unexpected Watercolor, The Art Gym, Portland, OR
Over & Over, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL; Addison Gallery, Andover MA; Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
Out of Site: Fictional Architectural Spaces, curated by Anne Ellegood from the New Museum & Rhonda Howard, The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Selections Benefit Show, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Multiplex at Bumbershoot, Curated by Michael Van Horn, Seattle, WA,
12 Views, Drawing Center, New York City, NY
Ways of Living, Tablet Gallery, London
Drawing Space, Curated by Beth Sellars, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA
MA show, Goldsmiths College, London, England Ways of Living, Curated by Rozalind Drummond, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Insignificants, Malmo, Sweden
The Globe Gallery, Flashpoint, Tyne and Wear, England
Contrari-wise Painting, The SPACE Gallery, Chicago, IL
Sign of the Cross, Jamison/Thomas Gallery, Portland, OR
Neddy Award, the Behnke Foundation, Seattle, WA
Open Satellite Northwest Artist Editions
Office of Arts and Culture, project grant, Seattle, WA
Illinois State University, Visiting Artist Residency
4Culture project grant, Seattle
Office of Arts and Culture Purchase, Seattle
4Culture Purchase award, Seattle
Gap Grant award
Artist Trust -Fellowship award
‘The Stranger’ Genius award for a visual artist, Seattle
Seattle Art Museum Betty Bowen award
International Residencies for Artists—Grant
Seattle Collects -Purchase Award, Seattle Arts Commission
Poncho Special Recognition Award (Seattle Art Museum)
PONCHO Artist-in-Residence at Pratt Fine Arts
Art Matters, Inc. New York Grant
Travel Grant for MacDowell Residency
Washington State Artist Trust GAP Grant
King County Arts Commission Gallery Grant
Jentel Residency, Wyoming
Vivenda Santa Iria, Penedo, Portugal
Centrum, Port Townsend, WA
The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
Beal, Suzanne. “REPORT: Seattle,” art ltd., March 2013
Ford-Terry, Whitney. “The Major Part of It Is Not Visible,” ARCADE, no. 31.1, Jan 17, 2013.
“Spotlight,” New American Paintings #104, December/January 2013
Veltkamp, Joey. ”Say Hello to Victoria Haven,” BEST OF: A Northwest-centric art blog, July, 11 2012
“Take a look at Victoria Haven’s lovely geometric ‘landscapes’,” It’s Nice That, June 12, 2012.
“Victoria Haven at Greg Kucera,” artdish: northwest forum on visual art, Feb. 3, 2011.
Graves, Jen, “There’s No Home Like Place: If Iggy Pop and Gore-Tex Had a Baby, It Would Be
Victoria Haven,” The Stranger, Jan. 25, 2011.
Rule, Kellie, “Hit the Pacific Northwest: Victoria Haven at Greg Kucera & PDX Contemporary,”
New American Paintings Blog, Jan. 24, 2011.
Malon, Micah. “Vantage.” Critics Picks, Artforum, January, 2010.
The Editors, “The Curator’s Eye,” CityArts, July 1, 2009.
Pence, Elizabeth. “Victoria Haven at Greg Kucera Gallery.” Artweek. June, 2009.
Gibson, Allison, “Victoria Haven,” Daily Serving, May 12, 2009.
Beal, Suzanne, “victoria haven,” art ltd., May 2009.
Contant, Paul, “We Can Work It Out,” the Stranger, March 17, 2009.
Beal, Suzanne. “Victoria Haven at the Frye Art Museum and Howard House.” Art in America, March 2008.
Brownson, Craig. “An Infinite But Invisible Center.” The Stranger, June 27th, 2007.
Lippens, Nate. “Abstraction takes on fresh dimensions in Haven's 'Iampayingattention'.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 28th, 2007.
Rivet Magazine, Featured insert, Volume 17, 2006.
Mandarino, Grant. “Swallowing Seattle.” Artnet.com, March 30th, 2006.
Koplos, Janet. “Report from Seattle.” Art in America, September 2005 #8, p.62.
Zevitas, Steven T., editor. New American Paintings [juried exhibition in print], vol. 8, no. 6.
Boston: The Open Studios Press, January 2004.
“Victoria Haven: Howard House.” Artforum. Vol 43. No 4, December 2004, p. 201.
Lippens, Nate. “The Stranger Genius Awards: Victoria Haven- An Artist Between Dimensions.” The Stranger, Vol 14 no.5, Oct 14-20 2004.
“Landscapes, and the Terrain of the Body”, Matthew Kangas, Seattle Times, October 8, 2004.
“Victoria Haven’s knife draws a singular ‘Wonderland’”, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 1st, 2004.
“Shows of Note.” The Oregonian. April 23, 2004.
Out of Site: Fictional Architectural Spaces, (New Museum of Contemporary Art). Essays by Anne Ellegood, Mark Wigley and Rhonda Lane Howard.
“Architecture: The Final Frontier”, The Stranger, November 28th, 2002.
Farr, Sheila, Review of "Acts of Drawing" at Howard House. The Seattle Times, 2002.
“Impossible Objects,”The Stranger, December 14th, 2000.
Visual Arts Feature, Seattle Weekly, December 9, 1999.
“BIO: ART - Victoria Haven,” The Stranger, December 16, 1999.
“Shapely Art: Simple Tools, Big Ideas in Local Drawing Show,” The Stranger, Dec. 9, 1999, p. 41.
“Drawing the lines,” review of Suyama show, The Seattle Times, November 11, 1999.
“Victoria Haven: Finding More Than Meets the Eye,” ArtAccess.com, March 1999.
New American Paintings (A Quarterly Exhibition) juried by Jenny Blessing of the Guggenheim
Museum. Volume I, Number VI. Spring 1996.
“Review: Contrari-wise Painting at the Space Gallery,” New Art Examiner, May 1994.
“Review: King County Five Artists Show,” Reflex Magazine, May 1991.
Seattle City Light Lobby Project, Seattle, WA
King County Library installation – Black Diamond
Westlake/Terry Project, Foyer Installation, Seattle, WA
Robert Ryman, New York, NY (wall drawing installation for private home)
Talbot/Hagen Corporation, Bellingham, WA (Three 60" x 48" paintings for permanent collection)
Washington State University
Ben and Aileen Krohn Collection
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
City of Seattle -Portable Works 4Culture, King County
Great Northern Annuities, Seattle, WA
Talbot/Hagen Corporation, Bellingham, WA
SAFECO Collection, Seattle, WA
King County Library Systems—Black Diamond and Seattle City Light, Seattle, WA
White Columns, NY. http://registry.whitecolumns.org/
Drawing Center, NY