Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
April 19, 2021 - July 9, 2021
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art is proud to present Sue Havens: Cull, an exhibition of new works by Florida-based artist Sue Havens, from April 19 to July 9, 2021. Cull is a mid-career survey and the first solo museum exhibition focused on Havens’ prolific production in two and three-dimensional works since 2016.
Anchoring both walls of the exhibition space is the public debut of a series of 22 x 30 inch paintings created from March 2020 to present. Curator Jason Lazarus describes these “pandemic paintings” as “a compressor, kettle, and prism” of the artist’s work from the past twenty years. Havens outlines her goal most simply as a question: “What is it to search for form?”
Each painting puts the viewer in confrontation and dialogue with what might be described as a head, vessel, figure, trophy, or container, backgrounded by shifting, layered fields of color and marks that recede, move forward, or begin to permeate the vessel itself.
Occupying the floor space, a plinth supports new ceramic work from the past five years that traces wide experimentation with ceramic vessel structure, color logic, and surface, all while maintaining a thread of forms that make physical these same figures in real space. Yet, as the viewer moves around them, they relentlessly reconfigure themselves depending on the viewer's perspective.
Already partly developed in March 2020 when the pandemic shutdown struck, the exhibition had to be reimagined as the artist watched her work respond to the new reality. “The world went flat,” Havens recalls. “Things condensed, flattened to 2D. I felt as if I was trying to obsessively carve away, dig away to find a form, frustrated.”
Through the parallel threads of ceramics made over the years and pandemic paintings made over recent months, Cull continues an ongoing collapse and expansion between two and three dimensions using her vessel-figures as her shape-shifting muse.
As the artist states, “These things were made with discovery as intention, not to illustrate an idea. I am still not sure what they are. But the fact that they were made in this confusing, unsure, fear-based politically insane time, I think, is perhaps, somehow, there. It has to be. Even the record of a series of lines is a record of a hand which has an intention to steady itself...”
The exhibition is curated by Jason Lazarus, a Florida-based artist, curator, and educator whose work explores vision and visibility.
The artist would like to thank the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art team, Jason Lazarus, Sharon Butler, John Byrd, Chuck McGee, Anna Ehrsam, Brittany Sears, and Elisabeth Condon. Also a very special thanks to Anne Havens and Stewart Davis (1940-2021), for a lifetime of deep appreciation of art. Support for this exhibition was provided in part, by the University of South Florida Research & Innovation Internal Awards Program under The Creative Scholarship Award and the University of South Florida College of The Arts Research Grant.
Sue Havens: Cull runs from April 19 to July 9, 2021. Entry to the museum is free. Please see the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art website to read our safety guidelines and make a timed reservation before you visit.
About the Artist
Sue Havens (born 1972 in Rochester, New York) is an artist based in New York and Tampa. Havens received her BFA in Art from The Cooper Union for The Advancement of Science and Art in 1995, and her MFA in painting from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in 2003. Havens is a 2008 Fellowship recipient in Painting from The New York Foundation for the Arts and most recently a recipient of the 2017 McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowship. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Havens has exhibited internationally and nationally in venues such as The Knockdown Center, Galerie Nord in Berlin, The Museum of Drawings in Laholm, Sweden, Regina Rex, Jeff Bailey, PS 122, Postmasters, Frederich Petzel, Art in General, Momenta Art, Sara Meltzer, OK Harris, The Tampa Museum of Art, and Mindy Solomon in Miami among others. Havens authored, designed and illustrated the book Make Your Own Toys (2010). Her work was featured in Warhol’s Interview Magazine, and New American painting Magazine, and the Korean International Ceramic Biennale.
About the Curator
Jason Lazarus organizes PDF-OBJECTS, an international nomadic sculpture library featuring artist-selected readings sculpturally paired with everyday objects; Coco Hunday, an alternative exhibition space in Tampa, FL providing solo exhibitions, artist-lectures, and new scholarship on emerging and mid-career artists; is a Co-Founder of #firstdayfirstimage, which asks artist-educators to actively rethink and broadcast their curricula starting with the first image shown to students on the first day of class; and is Co-Founder of Chicago Artist Writers, a platform that invites artists and art workers to write traditional and experimental criticism with a focus on under-represented arts programming in Chicago. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at the University of South Florida.
About the Barrick Museum of Art
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art believes everyone deserves access to art that challenges our understanding of the present and inspires us to create a future that holds space for us all. Located on the campus of one of the most racially diverse universities in the United States, we strive to create a nourishing environment for those who continue to be neglected by contemporary art museums, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ groups. As the only art museum in the city of Las Vegas, we commit ourselves to leveling barriers that limit access to the arts, especially for first-time visitors. To facilitate access for low-income guests we provide free entry to all our exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and community activities. Our collection of artworks offers an opportunity for researchers and scholars to develop a more extensive knowledge of contemporary art in Southern Nevada. The Barrick Museum is part of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).
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