Penelope Umbrico

Penelope Umbrico is best known for appropriating images on the internet from sites like Flickr and Craigslist, which she then manipulates to construct large-scale images or installations according to a minimalist aesthetic. Umbrico is “interested in the incidental beauty of the screens as messengers of failed technology.” Broken Sets features photographs of LCD-TVs listed on eBay for parts, cropped to show just the screen and its abstracted colorful display. TVs from Craigslist features images of blank screens, capturing the presence of the photographer/seller in the reflection. In both series, Umbrico explores and exploits the beauty of the space between function and ruin, material presence and absence.

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