A generation separates Winsor and Donovan, yet they are united by their affinity for material, their use of the castoff (Winsor) or overlooked (Donovan) and their interest in the cube. The two exhibitions afford us an exceptional opportunity to look at the cubed sculptures of both artists.
Above: Winsor. Pink and Blue Piece, 1985; mirror, wood, paint, cheesecloth; 31 x 31 x 31 inches
Below, foreground: Winsor. Circle/Square, 1987; concrete, pigment; 34 x 34 x 34 inches
Winsor. Gold Piece, 1987; concrete, pigment, gold leaf; 32 x 32 x 32 inches
There is a divergence in that where Winsor's work is deliberately process intensive, Donovan does not make her own sculptures anymore. Still, it's process intensive for someone. The museum staff creates it from her directions. The knowledgeable ICA staffers explained the process: Thousands of toothpicks, about 650 pounds worth, are poured into a mold. Mass and material affinity hold the piece together. (Want a cube of pins? Buy the directions for $45,000 and make it yourself. I'm assuming the 1500 pounds of pins are included.)
But the process discussion is for a different post. This post is simply an opportunity to view together the work of two sculptors whose work has tangible affinities.