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Tara Donovan at Pace Gallery, Menlo Park

Tara Donovan, Untitled, Mylar and hot glue, 2011 (2014 Pace site-specific), Courtesy of Pace Gallery

Pace Gallery is known internationally as an art world elite, representing major modern and contemporary artists (even celebrity artists) and showing leading exhibitions. This year Pace did something pretty awesome and left their polished NYC digs for a pop-up gallery in the dusty and discarded former Tesla garage in Menlo Park at 300 El Camino Real to host two exhibits, Alexander Calder and Tara Donovan: Untitled. As you drive up to Tara Donovan’s exhibit you immediately experience a new visual juxtaposition when you see Donovan’s huge bubbling molecular mylar sculpture peaking out from under a half rolled up industrial garage door – this isn’t your typical viewing experience, it somehow feels more real and raw. Perhaps like a studio visit that’s behind the train tracks – a treasure in the rough. The exhibit surveys Donovan’s work from 2000 to the present and features large-scale and site-specific installations (Untitled, mylar is so large not all of the attachments – roughly 18 in all would not fit in the space), including her straw wall and 36-inch cubes made of solid pins, toothpicks and shattered glass.

Tara Donovan: Untitled, Exhibition View, 2014

The undeniable theme I captured as a viewer was Donovan’s fascination with opulence, sparkle and shine. The materials she works with, all simple and mass-produced, have shiny surfaces, or Donovan uses them in a way that makes them appear so. Each piece appears to move as you move, especially with light coming through the medium you begin to see the piece transform, move and change patterns. Donovan’s button sculpture even plays with light and pattern so much that it appears to jump out farther than it does, and as you approach it you are not quite sure what you’re looking at.

The excitement of the exhibition is on one hand enjoying the beauty and visual pleasure of Donovan’s work, but also in guessing what materials she uses as a medium and attempting to wonder what her process could possibly be.

Luckily the exhibition has been extended to August 23 and if you have not yet seen it, you can still go! Do not miss it: 12pm-7pm, 300 Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA.

 

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