Donovan commands vast spaces with accumulations of a single material that trigger our perceptions of infinity, movement, and the relation of part to whole. With this new exploration of clear plastic tubes on Pier 94, Donovan amplifies the interplay between light and edge, as it reflects and refracts across condensed surfaces. Her process—iterations of variation within repetition—prompts allusions to luminous rippling expansion.
About the Artist
Tara Donovan (b. 1969, New York) creates large-scale installations and sculptures made from everyday objects. Known for her commitment to process, she has earned acclaim for her ability to discover the inherent physical characteristics of an object and transform it into art. Donovan’s many accolades include the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award (2008); and first annual Calder Prize (2005), among others. For over a decade, numerous museums have mounted solo exhibitions of Donovan’s work including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2007-2008), UCLA Hammer Museum (2004), and Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1999-2000). Donovan’s first European exhibition was presented in 2013 at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, Denmark, and traveled to the Arp Museum Bahnhof, Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany. Donovan will be included in the Wexner Center for the Arts' exhibition Gray Matters in May 2017. Pace has represented Donovan since 2005.