Sean Donovan / Recent Work October 15 - November 22, 2020
M 2 3 24 Henry Street New York, NY 10002
Sean Donovan’s recent workaddresses the consequences ofhuman globaldominance. The workThe Wasteland isbased on chemical pods foundin an abandoned industrial parkoutside of Lisbon,Portugal. The factory,andits surroundings arenow a toxic wilderness ofrefusepoisoned bytheproductionprocess. Thecolourful pods embossed with the word“PLENTY”symbolise themyopic philosophyof industrialistswho placed profit overthe welfare of their employees and the environment. The resin pods cast at one-third scale, are arranged and suspended overhead asa whimsical, rotating“daisy”.A group of three works, each with the titleControl Command Delete,take their form fromthe carapace of turtleswho are among the world'smost threatened groups of species due to habitat loss, the illegal pet trade, and consumption for food and traditional medicine.Thefound shells symbolising luck,good health, anda long life, protrude from the gallery walls witha delicate gesture of neon.An industrialreceptacle, severed and suspended by a steel armature, becomes a visual and acousticexperience when placed within the confines ofan exhibition. With the workNo Title, the artist brings us face to face with the tools ofindustrial waste.
Sean Donovan (American, b. 1987) lives, works in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore(2010), and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York (2016). Most recently Donovan was artist-in-residence at PADA, Lisbon,Portugal, participating in the exhibitions O Que Não Temos Podemos Criar (What We Don’t Have, We Can Create),and Paulo(both 2020).Other exhibitions include Donovan, Markov, Mildenberg, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2018);Gateway, (solo) M 2 3, New York (2017);Public, Private, Secret (collaboration with David Reinfurt) at International Center of Photography (ICP), New York (2016-17); andTuesday,the 17th (solo) at AC Institute, New York (2017). He is currently included inBeautiful Bastards, curated bySergio Muñoz Sarmiento, 1209Garage in Austin, Texas.