Robert C. May Photography Endowment Lecture Series: PENELOPE UMBRICO
Penelope Umbrico finds a communal portrait of humanity in images she appropriates from popular sources, whether they be photographs of sunsets posted on the internet or ads for broken televisions sets on Craigslist. She examines the notion of how photography exists in the digital age, making prints of ephemeral electronic images, culling samples, and then building them into installations of multiple images that offer a revealing snapshot of who we are. Some are displayed on walls, such as her Sunset Portraits, which documents the number of photographs of people posed in front of a setting sun that are posted on the photography-sharing website Flickr on any given day—as many as 9,623,557. Others, like her Cabinet projects, present a type of “cabinet of wonders.”
IMAGE CREDIT: PENELOPE UMBRICO, SCREEN SHOT 2012-07-26 AT 5.29.54 PM OF 16 SCREENSHOTS OF PEOPLE HOLDING THE SUN AT SUNSET, 2012, DIGITAL C-PRINT. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST, MARK MOORE GALLERY, LA, AND LMAK PROJECTS, NYC
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