Victoria Haven

Howard House Contemporary Art

With the droll title “Borg Drawings: Resistance is Futile,” Victoria Haven’s first exhibition at Howard House, in 2000, consisted of drawings and wall sculptures in which simple shapes proliferated uncontrollably. There, the basic three-dimensional box composed of twelve lines—built out of common office materials such as colored tape and rubber bands stretched over pins—assembled itself into a fantastic architecture. Corrals, ramps, tunnels, roller-coaster tracks, and scaffolding pushed and pulled the viewer between two and three dimensions. At times they were simply a series of flat shapes on a wall, at others a structure that seemed to have real entry points and might actually accommodate a body. Fully present but as fragile as philosophical constructs, these works would have appealed as much to Italo Calvino as to Trekkies who might have appreciated the title’s allusion.


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