About the Exhibition

As one of the most innovative sculptors working today, Tara Donovan dramatically transforms everyday materials—such as pencils, Elmer’s glue and electrical cable—into sublime abstract environments.

Known for her commitment to process, Donovan employs a labor-intensive method of accumulation to explore the perceptual and atmospheric effects that result from a vast multiplication of individual units. Carefully attuned to the innate sculptural properties of these typically non-art materials, Donovan draws on their specific characteristics in often surprising ways. The resulting configurations evoke a sense of expansive growth, as well as natural phenomena such as ripples, clouds, haze and undulating landscapes, transcending the mundane qualities of the materials of which they are composed.

Donovan’s drawings engage in an important dialogue with the processes explored in her installations. She uses materials such as rubber bands, bubbles and shattered glass to create abstract drawings that suggest traces of these three-dimensional elements. Both her sculptural installations and drawings provoke viewers to think about materiality in new ways.

Tara Donovan was born in 1969 in New York City, where she currently lives and works. Donovan received a BFA from Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington D.C., and an MFA in sculpture from the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Donovan was the recipient of the Alexander Calder Foundation’s first annual Calder Prize in 2005 and the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program grant in 2008.

Tara Donovan: Untitled is made possible by a grant from Eli Lilly and Company Foundation.