Tara Donovan’s CD Stacks Are Ethereal Material Bliss #ArtTuesday

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In a recent attempt to declutter I realized the real value of CDs and DVDs. I could not give them away. Until there is a retro-resurgance, art projects are probably your best bet.

Tara Donavan has found a beautiful way to repurpose loads of discs. These architectural columns are 7-10 feet and made from thousands of discs. Sratagems is on view in NYC at PACE through Aug 16, 2024. Via Design Milk:

The podcast ‘Art Sense’ recently interviewed Donovan (the full episode is well worth a listen) where she made this comment towards the end of the engaging talk: “The older I get, the more I make invisible works.” Her humorous statement is surprisingly true about an unexpected (and difficult to photograph) element of these sculptures – for all the hundreds-of-thousands of CDs in the room, the sculptures are almost fully transparent at eye level. that effect is not just the result of a particular consideration in stacking design that invites as much air as possible within the structure, but also that CDs are almost completely transparent when viewed from the side! It’s something I’ve never noticed before about the material and a common gift of all Donovan’s work – through her very specific positioning and accumulations, she reveals totally new visual phenomena in materials I’ve seen a million times.

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