06 Sep TARA DONOVAN’S PIN DRAWINGS ELUDE TWO DIMENSIONALITY
By Robin Rosenberg
The New York Artist Tara Donovan, primarily known for her large biomorphic abstract installations, created the series “Pin Drawings” in 2011. These beautiful pieces are unique and complex. Donovan uses thousands of nickel-plated steel pins for her compositions, which are each pre-determined and handcrafted. Committed to the process, the artist inserts each pin into a white gatorboard to create geometrical forms. These tableaus, which at first glance seem devoid of human touch, are surprisingly dynamic. The artist’s craft is exquisite; each pin becomes the artist’s mark. Tara Donovan creates a visual field of shifting viewpoints. The optical effect is brilliant. Donovan’s “Pin Drawings” are rich and challenging, both visually and conceptually.
This particular piece is a perfect square of 72 inches. The pins are concentrated towards the top and bottom of the piece. The saturation of pins creates a remarkable and interesting texture, which varies depending on the luminosity and angel of perception of the work. The pins shimmer as the light bounces of their surface, creating a sense of movement. The density of the material slowly fades and becomes increasingly disperse at the center of the work.