Magazine article Sculpture

New York [2]

Magazine article Sculpture

New York [2]

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NEW YORK Tara Donovan Pace Gallery

Drawing seems a misnomer for Tara Donovan's new two-dimensional works. The 14 works, all titled Drawing (Pins), were created with a method that she began using in 2009 and date from 2011 to the present. For each piece, Donovan pressed hundreds of thousands of straight pins into painted white Gator Boards to create simple geometric shapes divided into bands of gray: circles, sguares, diamonds, and crosses. While the works are sold individually, most of them fall into pairs that offer both the positive and inverse of a given shape in grayscale. Each pin has been methodically and precisely placed; some overlap in tight clusters, while others dot across large expanses of blank space. A thin, untreated pine mounting frames each object. The exhibition was minimal and monochromatic, a cool palette of white, pine, and silver.

The best of Donovan's weighty forms morph into something other than drawing, substituting linearity and two-dimensionality for a language that more appropriately mimics Donald judd's "specific object." This guality is somewhat lacking in those Drawing (Pins) that feature a single grayscale shape. The most successful three works (and incidentally the largest), on the other hand, each combine two cropped half circles. …

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