08.05.15 by Jeff

Sculptures and Installations Made From Everyday Objects by Tara Donovan

artist-tara-donovan08Haze, 2003. translucent plastic drinking straws

Brooklyn-based artist Tara Donovan uses everyday objects like tape, straws, buttons, and cups to create large-scale installations and sculptures. Lots more images below.

artist-tara-donovan01Untitled (Plastic Cups), 2006. plastic cups

artist-tara-donovan02Untitled, 2014. acrylic and adhesive

artist-tara-donovan03Untitled, 2014. styrene index cards, metal, wood, paint and glue

artist-tara-donovan04Bluffs, 2006. buttons and glue

artist-tara-donovan05Untitled, 2012. acrylic and adhesive

artist-tara-donovan06Untitled (Styrofoam Cups), 2008. styrofoam cups and glue

artist-tara-donovan07Untitled (Pins), Untitled (Toothpicks), and Untitled (Glass), 2004


Images via Pace Gallery


Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Katti Jensen

    I saw some of Tara Donovans work in the museum Louisiana in Denmark. It was one of the most impressive exhibitions I have been to. I find it fascinating how she combines simple objects to create such stunning sculptures. I definately recommend to see these sculptures in real life as they will blow your mind!

    • kimi

      Yeah, I was wondering how much is lost not seeing it in person.

  • scottlistfield

    I caught a show of her work at Boston’s ICA a few years back. They’re really incredible in person. I know there are a lot of artists making work these days out of common household items. Not all of it transcends the materials they’re made out of, but these feel like sprawling, stunning natural formations. It’s hard to rationalize, as you look at them, that they’re just made of plastic cups or diner straws, even though you can see quite clearly that they are.

  • KateTaylorDesign

    One of my favorite artists of all time. Such a simple concept but in my opinion Tara does it the best. Thanks for featuring her. Sadly a lot is lost in photos, of course, but everyone should put her on their list as a must see in the future!

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