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Mary Lum

American, b. 1951

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Mary Lum

American, b. 1951

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Mary Lum captures the essence of modern life—with its tangle of man and machine, urban topographies, and continual stream of words and images—in her intricately composed collages, installations, and conceptually playful photographs. She is particularly interested in the overlooked details of cities and consumer products, which she discovers, isolates, and recombines in her works. As she explains: “A big part of my work, in both words and images, is the juxtaposition of disparate parts, so that new meanings can be constructed from the simple, ordinary, familiar, or mundane.” In her collages and wall drawings, for example, Lum combines comic book images, her own photographs of interstitial and marginal sites in places like Paris and New York, and painted passages, to create semi-abstract vistas that show the city itself to be a collage composed of ever-shifting parts.

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Biography

Mary Lum captures the essence of modern life—with its tangle of man and machine, urban topographies, and continual stream of words and images—in her intricately composed collages, installations, and conceptually playful photographs. She is particularly interested in the overlooked details of cities and consumer products, which she discovers, isolates, and recombines in her works. As she explains: “A big part of my work, in both words and images, is the juxtaposition of disparate parts, so that new meanings can be constructed from the simple, ordinary, familiar, or mundane.” In her collages and wall drawings, for example, Lum combines comic book images, her own photographs of interstitial and marginal sites in places like Paris and New York, and painted passages, to create semi-abstract vistas that show the city itself to be a collage composed of ever-shifting parts.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MASS MoCA
Group
Group show at a major institution
MASS MoCA
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more