Archivist of Collective Pictorial Memory
Penelope Umbrico new Deutsche Bank Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts
||Flickering lines and lattice-like patterns in black frames: What at first look like compositions by an abstract artist with a predilection for psychedelic effects turn out to be a series of photographs showing defective LCD televisions. Penelope Umbrico collected pictures of such devices from eBay and edited them so that only the screen can be seen. Her photo works from the series Broken Sets (eBay) combine modernist utopias encompassing abstraction and a belief in technological progress with reality - with unusable TV sets which until recently were the pride of their owners and now are offered on eBay as a cheap source of spare parts.
Whether she works with photos of sunsets from the website Flickr or motifs from home-improvement and décor websites and magazines which she combines into typologies, Umbrico is an archivist of 21st century collective pictorial memory. Now the artist has been selected as a Deutsche Bank Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) for 2010. Since 2000, an independent jury has chosen New York-based artists as Fellows. The artists who have been sponsored thus far include Michael Spano, Carl Fudge, Frank Magnotta and Fay Ku. The Deutsche Bank Fellows receive prize money and one of their works is purchased for the Deutsche Bank Collection. To promote artists who were not born in the U.S. but who have settled in New York, the Mentorship Program for Immigrant Artists was conceived and initiated by Deutsche Bank together with NYFA. With the program, NYFA Fellows help other artists get established in New York and make connections in the art scene there. The innovative project is also sponsored by Deutsche Bank.
As Is - Penelope Umbrico
May 13 - June 20, 2010
139 Eldridge Street