Some recent solo exhibitions
Lombard Freid Projects, New York 2009, 'Next to nothing'
Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, 2008, 'Little time'
Tate Modern, London 2007, 'Easily removable'
Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam 2005, 'And it looked like this'
Buro Leeuwarden, 2005, 'Nearly there'
Some recent group exhibitions
The New Museum, New York 2009, 'The Generational: Younger Than Jesus'
Maisterravalbuena Galería, Madrid 2008, 'Politics'
Witte de With, Rotterdam 2007, 'Prix de Rome 2007'
Smart Project Space, Amsterdam 2006, 'Last Lives in the Universe'
ACCA, Melbourne 2004, 'A Molecular History of Everything'
Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory: the essential handbook to the future of art, London/New York: Phaidon/New Museum 2009
Sally O'Reilly [et al.], Collage: assembling contemporary art, London: Black Dog 2008
Ann Demeester [et al.], Prix de Rome. NL 2007, s.l.]: Adr. Heinen 2007
Wilma Sütö, Claire Harvey: and it looked like this, Amsterdam: Galerie Fons Welters 2005
Claire Harvey's work takes the form of delicate oil paintings, photographs of projected figures and objects, and installations that use light and shadow. They are quiet, unobtrusive works that meditate on fleeting moments that through both design and circumstance suddenly come to mean something, before disappearing into the hubbub and froth of daily life. In 2004 Harvey produced an astonishing series of oil sketches on Post-It Notes, scenes seemingly borrowed from film noir and the artist's everyday world. The Post-It Notes hung in long rows, one above the other. Depending on the viewer's imagination, the various fragments merged to become parts of a larger story. Narratives constantly shifting and taking on new meanings, depending on how they were presented on the wall. In the end, the tiny paintings will fall from the wall leaving the story incomplete, like memories. Harvey takes things that essentially have no meaning, and gives them meaning; isolated scenes of people and animals. She later began to work with canvas, transparencies and glass slides. The subdued drawings retain their modest scale when presented as small separate elements side by side or grouped together and can form part of larger installations, using overhead projectors to cast the shadows of the characters onto the wall.
Claire Harvey was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 2003-2004.
She won the basic prize of the 2007 Prix de Rome (NL).
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