Craig Havens (US/DE) is a visual artist exploring the migration of traditional physical monuments into photography, video installation, sculpture and sound – effectively disembodying the monument and allowing it to traverse space and time. Site-specific installation and public space actions reveal new perspectives on lens-based practices and monumental constructs. Havens considers a defining aspect of contemporary life to be a heightened sense of temporality and employs this in his work to present the viewer with opportunities for confronting transience and the improbability of existence.
Havens' work has been exhibited at Weserburg-Museum für moderne Kunst Bremen, Germany, the Armory Biennial Los Angeles, California, Goethe Institute Johannesburg, South Africa, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium, Vitrine 21 Gallery Brussels, Belgium, Sariev Contemporary Plovdiv, Bulgaria in collaboration with United States Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria, the Nanjing International Biennale Nanjing, China, Heritage Arts Hanoi, Vietnam, the Brugge Triennale, Belgium and Galerie Andreas Schmidt Berlin, Germany.
PUBLICATIONS AND MONOGRAPHS
2018 / Everybody Knows Our Cities Were Built To Be Destroyed. Artist publication in collaboration with Francoise Tahon and Ecole Recharge Graphique (Erg) Brussels.
2017 / The ubiquitous technical images around us are in the process of magically restructuring out reality and turning it into a global image scenario / Artist Publication for Galerie Andreas Schmidt / Berlin, Germany
2016 / b.o.r.n. bee or right now / Publication & Photographic Illustrations with Isolde Loock / Bremen, Germany
2015 / A Short History of Countermonuments / Journal L'Atelier / Brussels, Belgium
2014 / Fountain / Artist Publication of 45 ink prints / Berlin, Germany
2013 / Volume Seven / Artist Publication in Panel Magazine / Vienna, Austria
2012 / Soundings / Artist Edition of 21 Silver Gelatin Prints / Los Angeles, California
2009 / EASTWEST / Monograph / Essex Press, Los Angeles, California
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2016 / US State Department International Artists Grant
2016 / Dorland Mountain Arts / Artist Residency / Temecula, California
2016 / Nova Kultura Foundation / Sofia, Bulgaria
2014 / US State Department International Artists Grant
2014 / KdG University / AXA Bank Space, Antwerp, Belgium
Weserburg-Museum, Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, Bremen, GERMANY.
Collection of Susan and John W. Caldwell, Pasadena, CA. USA.
Newark Public Library, Special Collections Division, Newark, NJ. USA.
Baijia Lake Museum, Yan Lugen Collection, Nanjing, CHINA.
Sariev Contemporary, Open Arts Foundation, Plovdiv, BULGARIA.
INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES
Pieter Vermeulen. "Lodgers#14 Aria". AIR Antwerpen and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (M HKA)
(BELGIUM) (March 31, 2018) Editorial Interview.
Christophe Wavelet. "Erg Artist Talks". Ecole Recharge Graphique, Brussels.
(BELGIUM) (February 7, 2018) Public Forum Interview.
Vladislav Sevov, Daniela Sevriyska. “Memory Artists”. Open Arts Foundation Online
(BULGARIA), (July 11, 2016) Editorial Interview
Yankov, Victor. “Generosity Under Duress” BNT World Network
(BULGARIA), (September 12, 2014) Video Interview.
Edelstein, Ali. "An American in Brussels" Fulbright.be.
(BELGIUM), (February 2013) Video Interview.
Zavala, Nicholas. "Craig Havens" The Living Man.
(US), (April 2012) Video Interview.
Paz, Rafael. "Around Downtown" SameCity.
(US), (March 2011) Video Interview.
Markarian, Cristina. “Craig Havens” www.visual.uclaextension.edu
(US), (April 2009) Editorial Interview.
Directo, Danielle. "Artists Go Wild.” LAist.com
(US), (Nov 2009) Review.
Bischoff, Dan. “A World View of New Jersey.” Star-Ledger
(US), (March 2008) Review.
Pasadena Living Magazine. “Armory Northwest/965.”
(US), (March 2007) Review.
Nespanov, Pavel. “A Watching Eye.” St. Petersburg Times
(RUSSIA), (March 2006) Editorial Interview.
Fondation, Larry. “The World As It Is Now.” Vice Magazine
(US), (August 2006) Essay.
Friedreich, Kristin. “Craig Havens: New Works.” LA Downtown News
(US), (August 2005) Review.
Crew, Adrienne. “Craig Havens.” LAist.com
(US), (July 2005) Editorial Interview.
CURRICULUM WITH THE ARTIST
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Lecturer in Visual Art, Photographic Foundations, Advanced Photographic Theory,
Practice-based Research, History of Art and Photography
L’Ecole de Recherche Graphique de Bruxelles (ERG)
Artist Publication Project in collaboration with Graduate Students of ERG (Brussels), Professor Françoise Tahon and Galerie Andreas Schmidt, Berlin
Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (ULB)
“Countermonumental Strategies In Lens-Based Arts: The Altered, The Temporal and
The Immaterial”. Phd Doctoral Symposium. Facilitator, Manuel Couvreur
MA, Master of Artistic Research
Sint Lukas Hogeschool voor Kunst en Design (KdG), Antwerpen, Belgium.
MA, Master of Visual Arts, Photography
Associatie KU Leuven, Hogeschool Sint Lukas Brussels (LUCA), Brussels, Belgium.
BFA, Bachelor of Fine Art
Art Center College of Design (ACCD), Los Angeles, United States.