I’m surprised I’ve never mentioned Tara Donovan before, but apparently I haven’t. If you are not familiar with her, she does some amazing installation pieces using “mundane” objects. Her installations are large scale and incredibly intricate. She’ll create landscapes made out of cups, stacked drinking straws, sculptures with fishing wire, or pencils. You can view a lot of these at the Ace Gallery in NY. A few years ago, I remember seeing this stunning image of hers from mocoloco, of a large cube made of toothpicks.
The latest issue of Surface Magazine (#66) showcases some of her past work and also notes some of her most recent pieces. She did a series of ink drawings and relief prints from rubber bands that form interesting organic patterns. Surface Mag describes them as “organic formations resembling sea grass and anemones.” She is quoted as saying “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.”
I am in awe of the patience she must have, but I guess it’s a good reminder to slow down a bit and appreciate the forms that are right in front of you… More images at the PaceWildernstein Gallery.