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Tara Donovan Cards and Rods

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Tara Donovan, Untitled, 2014

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Pace Gallery, NYC

May 10 - August 15, 2014

Tara Donovan is an American sculptor from New York, who received mass attention in 2008 when she won a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius” award.

Inspiration: "Inspiration is a joke, real artists sit down and work"-Donovan

Medium: Everyday items - index cards, drinking straws, acrylic rods paper plates, toothpicks, index cards, acrylic rods,

My favorite piece from Untitled: Walked into Pace and was completely blown away & giddy. Then, proceeded to walk in circles around each sculpture for about 20 minutes. The first room: a 13’x25’x30’ sculpture in eight parts made completely of 3x5” identical white index cards stacked and glued. The second room: thousands of clear acrylic rods, different lengths, forming a roughly spherical units of radiating rods. This, is commitment! I enjoyed both sculptures.

Pace Gallery: I walked in because I saw the index card installation from the sidewalk and glad I did. The space isn't mind blowing but there's nice light and the pieces came through beautifully.

“It’s a matter of deciding, Okay, I’m going to buy those cups. I don’t need plastic cups, but I’m going to get ’em and then mess around with them until I get an answer. It’s a very organic, intuitive and observant process. I see where I wind up... exploiting the physical characteristics of the thing that have nothing to do with what it’s used for.”

-Tara Donovan, W Magazine, 2008

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