Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tara Donovan at Lever House in NYC

To those of you who are in New York City or who will visit before the 5th of September, I urge you not to miss the Tara Donovan installation currently installed at Lever House in midtown Manhattan. Lever House is at 390 Park Avenue, between 53rd and 54th Streets.

Like the sculpture of Pedro Cabrita Reis and Alyson Shotz, both of whom I've written about in this blog, Ms Donovan uses quotidian materials to stunning and surprising effect. Her sculpture bends our perceptions in two ways: it transforms the space in which she has placed them, and it bends the space around it when you look through it. This piece rewards multiple viewings as it shifts according to the time of day, the amount of sunlight, and the ratio of sunlight to artificial light. It also rewards multiple perspectives. Up close, the work is a maze of mini kaleidoscopes and restricted vistas. from farther away, the work acts as a distorted lens through which we see a world that is recognizable but seen through a funhouse mirror. That one simple material used in a unique way can yield all of these new ways to see a familiar space points to Ms Donovan's brilliant eye and creative energy.

A must see.

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