Ingrid Calame, ‘#276 Drawing (Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway)’, 2008, CalArts Benefit

In 2006, Calame traveled to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where she made tracings of skid marks, tire tracks, and other contours and irregularities of the roadway. Working in collaboration with Pace Prints, she then turned these markings into layered, abstract renderings of the dynamic energy and speed of car racing.

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About Ingrid Calame

Driven by her desire to “know the world,” Ingrid Calame has been tracing the marks on its surface, turning them into intricately patterned paintings, drawings, prints, and murals, for nearly 20 years. As she explains: “the idea was that the whole surface of the world is a potential drawing. I can’t trace the whole world, so I’m tracing a fragment. I’m interested in how impossible it is for us to represent something as huge as the world.” Her tracings have taken her across the globe, to places like Seoul, South Korea, where she transcribed a badly weathered one-way sign. In a meticulous process, Calame and her team trace in situ, then layer the tracings and fill in their marks with colored pencil and pigment, forming abstract patterns that are, in fact, exact representations of the places she records.

American, b. 1965, New York, New York, based in Los Angeles, California

Group Shows

Heiner Contemporary, 
STASH: Polly Apfelbaum, Ingrid Calame, Tara Donovan, Deborah Kass, Kate Shepherd, Jon-Phillip Sheridan and Austin Thomas