If you haven't had the opportunity to visit Tara Donovan's exhibit Fieldwork at the Museum of Contemporary Art you should consider setting aside the requisite time prior to its end January 27th.
Tara's brilliance lies in the transformation of everyday objects into new three-dimensional sculptures. Using plastic straws, index cards, rubber bands, Slinkys, and Mylar she molds and sculpts each element into a result that has an otherworldly appearance.
What strikes me most about Tara's exhibit is the size, scale, texture and depth of each of her associated works of art.
Once such example is her use of Mylar, a tiny, reflective polyester film (pictured above). By itself, the material is smooth to the touch but when twisted, molded and manipulated into spheres conjoining one another, the appearance and texture of the object completely changes.
Another favorite of mine is Tara's use of index cards. Alternatively changing directions with each layer, she stacks one card on top of the other creating mounds of paper stalagmites. When clustered together they yield an ever-changing paper landscape. Like her use of Mylar, she is able to transform a singularly smooth object in a texturally rich amalgamation of elements.
Tara's art illustrates, amongst other things, that texture is all around us but by adding or subtracting layers, we can alter its use, appearance, texture, design and value.
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