New York— Pace Gallery is pleased to present Tara Donovan, an exhibition featuring the artist’s newest series, Compositions (Cards). This new body of work is comprised of wall-mounted framed works in various sizes that explore stratification as both a sculptural technique and a means to construct a two-dimensional picture plane. Tara Donovan will be on view from February 17 through March 18, 2017 at 537 West 24th Street. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, February 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.
In the series, Compositions (Cards), Donovan creates patterns that reference textiles, landscape and oscillating waves by working within the conventional constraints of square and rectangular frames. Within these conventional frame shapes, the styrene cards are stacked in staggered groupings, which are then adhered together and oriented vertically. Using the cool toned edges of the styrene cards and strategic spacing, each convergence of stacked cards creates an abstract graphic composition. The works occupy a space between sculptural and drawing, using the styrene cards to create what, from some viewpoints, seem to be two-dimensional fields, but from other viewpoints seem to be three-dimensional fields.
For the last 20 years, Tara Donovan (b. 1969, Flushing, NY) has used simple, mass produced materials and objects to explore the transformative effects of accumulation and aggregation. Committed to process, she has earned acclaim for her ability to discover the inherent physical characteristics of an object and transform it into art. Donovan has explored the effects of accumulation with these materials, at times utilizing hundreds of thousands of units such as straws, pins, or cups to generate perceptual phenomenon and subtle atmospheric effects. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the inaugural Calder Prize in 2005 and a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award in 2008.
Donovan has been the subject of numerous one-artist exhibitions at institutions worldwide including the Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles (2004); The Indianapolis Museum of Art (2010); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark (2014); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2007); Milwaukee Art Museum (2012); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2004–05); St. Louis Art Museum (2006); and University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2006–07). Her more recent museum solo exhibitions include the Parrish Museum, Watermill, NY (2015) and Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015).
Tara Donovan lives in Brooklyn, NY, and works in Long Island City, NY. Pace has represented Donovan since 2005. This is the artist’s tenth exhibition at Pace.