Heather Kravas & Victoria Haven
Artists-in-Residence Works in Progress: Solid Objects Mar 16, 2019
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New with the 18/19 season, our Artists-in-Residence program supports Northwest-based artists whose work reflects the vibrancy of our region's artistic landscape. The residency provides support for the development of new work and supports connections between the artists in the cohort. Learn more about the program
Work in Progress Showing
Heather Kravas & Victoria Haven
solid objects: SECTION III
Sat, Mar 16, 2 pm
18/19 Artists-in-Residence Heather Kravas and Victoria Haven present an excerpt of their ongoing collaboration, solid objects. Kravas is a choreographer, Haven a visual artist; together, their vision exposes a territory between abstract drawing and post-modern dancing, where formal rigor supports a focus on the intimate acts of listening, presence, and attention. Employing the methodology of Western abstraction, the work interrupts the hierarchies of their disciplines by immersing its audience in an intricate dance-painting.
This in-progress showing of solid objects: SECTION III offers an informal presentation where a built object acts as the choreographic container for audience and performance. Upon it, dancing functions as painting, alluding to Greek mythology, Iggy Pop, and French romantic painting with the aspiration of achieving levitation.
Performance by: Aretha Aoki, Cecilia Lisa Eliceche, Talya Epstein, Victoria Haven, John Hoobyar, Marlee Hopkins, Joey Kipp, & Heather Kravas
Thurs, Mar 14, 6:30 pm: Too Much or Not Enough, a conversation with Artist-in-Residence Markeith Wiley
Join 18/19 Artist-in-Residence Markeith Wiley and a panel of local artists for a discussion on safe spaces, degrees of audience involvement, and engaging with contemporary performance. Learn more
Sat, Mar 16, 3:30 pm: Work in Progress Showing by Artist-in-Residence Pat Graney
18/19 Artist-in-ResidencePat Graney presents an excerpt her current project, ATTIC. Learn more
About the Artists-in-Residence
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.
Image info: solid objects, Presentation A at Oxbow, Seattle. Corner: Folk Judd 2018 ©