Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I seem to be going through a phase of being fascinated by art made from everyday items eg:Jennifer Maestre
I was introduced to the work of American artist Tara Donovan over the weekend by a sculptor friend and was struck by the sheer volume of material that she uses in her pieces. Donovan lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Her sculptures comprise everyday materials such as scotch tape, drinking straws, paper plates, and Styrofoam cups. Her work has an organic, tactile quality to it and she has stated that "It is not like I'm trying to simulate nature. It's more of a mimicking of the way of nature, the way things actually grow. My work might appear ‘organic’ or ‘alive’ specifically because my process mimics, in the most elementary sense, basic systems of growth found in nature.”" The materials are used in huge quantities and the piece “grows” through accumulation.They are reminiscent of landscapes, clouds and cellular structures
The shapes and facades that Donovan constructs conceal the identity of the material and it's only when you get closer to her pieces that they reveal themselves.My favourite sculpture of hers is called Haze (below). It exhibited in the Ace Gallery in New York in 2003. Haze was made from over 2 million stacked clear plastic drinking straws and measured a huge 42 foot in length and over 12 foot in height. Depending on where Haze was viewed from it had various visual effects; with parts of the walls receding and undulating.The further away one got from the piece the appearance became almost fluid, upon walking closer it became almost pixillated.