18/19 Artists-in-Residence: Victoria Haven & Heather Kravas
Photo: Naomi Ishisaka
Heather Kravas (left) and Victoria Haven are 18/19 Season Artists-in-Residence. Learn more about this program
SOLID OBJECTS will be an accumulation of evidence resulting from an existing conversation between two friends. The following is a list of departure points established over many years of discussion around their shared inquiries:
Perception/Perspective: Solid Objects by Virginia Woolf
Stacks: Paper like Felix Gonzalez-Torres;
Castell human towers
Pointing: Pointing to objectify. Pointing becoming object
Levitation: Abbie Hoffman group action to levitate the Pentagon; Bruce Nauman’s failure
Human Architecture: Emerging Brutalist Forms
Ingesting Abstraction: Pancakes
Painted Actions: Critique of Yves Klein’s Anthropometry
Repetition: Song by The Fall
Liquid: Ink, Tears, Sweat, Pee, Blot, Blood
Orbit: Utopic Ballet
— Victoria Haven & Heather Kravas
Whether tracing the corridors of real or imagined space, polygonal shapes or three-dimensional forms, Victoria Haven’s practice revolves around drawing, but is rarely confined to lines across a single plane. Often based on walks near her native Seattle, personal narratives, and musical or filmic references, her works nevertheless sit squarely within the abstract register. Recent exhibitions include Blue Sun (commissioned for the Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle), Line at Lisson Gallery (London), and Abstract Drawing at The Drawing Room (London), among many others. She is the recipient of numerous awards including two Pollock-Krasner fellowships, Seattle Art Museum’s (Betty Bowen) Award, The Neddy at Cornish School of Art, residencies at MASS MoCA, Jentel (WY), and MacDowell Colony (NH).
Heather Kravas is a choreographer and performing artist. Since 1995, she has investigated choreographic, improvisation, and collaborative practices in contemporary dance to explore the limits of the form and her abilities as an artist. Combining recognizable traditions, tasks, and somatic methods, her dances grapple with structural idealism and uncontainable emotions. Punk, feminist, precise, and extreme — they renounce commercial spectacle to illuminate the actions of labor, listening, concentration, failure, and presence.
Kravas has received support from Creative Capital, the Doris Duke Impact Award, Foundation for Contemporary Art, The Guggenheim Foundation, MAP Fund, National Performance Network, Seattle Arts Commission, and 4Culture, among many others. Her choreography has been presented at venues including American Realness, Base, Chez Bushwick, The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project @ St. Mark’s Church, and Velocity Dance Center, as well as internationally.