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Material Presence
Tara Donovan, Leonardo Drew, Maya Lin, Louise Nevelson, Fred Wilson
Talley Dunn Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Material Presence: Tara Donovan,
Leonardo Drew, Maya Lin, Louise Nevelson, and Fred Wilson. Curated by Talley Dunn, this
exhibition brings together a group of artists of international renown that have distinguished
themselves with their transformative three-dimensional works and the materials that they employ.  
With media that range from the evocative glass marbles of Maya Lin’s site-specific installation Fox
Lake to the daunting stacking of thousands of buttons in Buffs by Tara Donovan to the textural
properties of wood both carved and found from the sculptures of Louise Nevelson and Leonardo
Drew to the exquisite detail of Fred Wilson’s Venetian glass chandelier Oh! Monstrousa Culpa!,
Material Presence explores the power of individual sculptural works that have a commanding
presence and their abilities to captivate the viewer.

Exhibiting since 1996, Tara Donovan (b. 1969, New York) has produced a body of work that
transforms ephemera and the banality of everyday objects into the extraordinary.  Donovan
employs a minimalist vocabulary in which repetition and spatial relationships are integral.  
Donovan’s practice straddles minimalism and maximalism; wherein ephemera becomes aesthetic
and the infinite gesture inherent to traditional sculpture is replaced by the expression of
fragmentation, fragility, and plurality.  Resembling coral reefs or stalagmites, Bluffs, denotes the
physical and temporal nature of accumulation in Donovan’s work.  Comprised of countless
buttons, the flat disk-like surface of each translucent unit is repetitively stacked and affixed with
glue, unveiling tones and hues of ivory, soft fleshy pink, and mauve, in an otherwise transparent

In 1981, Maya Lin (b.1959, Athens, Ohio) captured international attention, when at age 21 years
old and in her senior year at Yale University, she won the public commission to design the Vietnam
War Memorial in Washington DC.   Recognized as an artist, designer, and environmentalist, Maya
Lin has created a remarkable and highly acclaimed body of work in art and architecture.  In her
most recent cartographic sculptures, the artist explores how we experience and relate to nature,
setting up a systematic ordering of the land influenced by topographies and natural
phenomena.  With Fox Lake, Lin captures the beauty of mapping a body of water through
adhering countless glass marbles to the wall in a pattern based upon the shape of the lake, itself.  
Through the reflective nature of the glass marbles and their organic arrangement on the wall, Lin
constructs a mesmerizing geographic portrait of the natural world.

Fred Wilson (b.1954, New York) internationally lauded for his conceptual practice, received a
MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 1999 and represented the United States with a solo
exhibition in the US Pavilion for the Venice Biennale in 2003.  In preparation for the Venice
Biennale, Wilson began collaborating with a Murano glass company to create black glass mirrors
and a monumental glass chandelier in an 18th Century Venetian style.  Wilson’s use of black glass
juxtaposed with the grandeur of a Venetian chandelier evokes the layers of history and race that
have defined much of Wilson’s art throughout his career.  The exquisite black glass chandelier by
Wilson presented in this exhibition entitled Oh! Monstruosa Culpa! finds inspiration in Shakespeare’s
Venetian tragedy Othello.

Leonardo Drew (b.1961, New York) works from an aesthetic of urban debris, creating monumental
sculptural works rich in abstract meaning.  Having exhibited previously at Talley Dunn Gallery and
with an upcoming exhibition planned for November 2017 at the gallery, Drew returns with
signature wall relief.  Constructed with layer upon layer of wood – found, carved, cut, and
manipulated -- an abstract landscape emerges through the textures and patterns suggestive of
time, history, and connection.

Louise Nevelson (b. 1988 Kiev, Russia; d. 1988, New York) was a leading sculptor of the 20th Century
and she pioneered site-specific and installation art.  Known for her monochromatic works
comprised of elements of found materials collected from areas surrounding her studio, Nevelson
would transform disparate elements made of wood into a unified structure.  The artist is most
commonly recognized for her series of monochromatic wood sculptures painted in black which
she began in the 1950s.  Untitled 1976-1978 in this exhibition was constructed from found wooden
box units gathered by the artist on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  Stacked vertically as if
being seen through a doorway, remnants of the past reveal themselves -- old wooden crates,
rocking chair parts, furniture debris, and lost memories.  This sculpture was one of the last works in
Nevelson’s Spring Street residence when she died in 1988.
Tara Donovan - Untitled