Penelope Umbrico, ‘$_57-11–01-2.jpg/eBay/off-set/inkjet’, 2017, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2017

Penelope Umbrico’s photo-based works utilize photo-sharing websites and print media as an expansive archive to explore the production and consumption of images on the web and in print, and our changing relationship to photography. Umbrico's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is represented in museum collections around the world. She is the recipient of many awards, including a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her monographs include Penelope Umbrico (photographs), Aperture; Range, Aperture; Out of Order: Used Office Desks and Used Office Plants, RVB Books Paris; and Out of Order: Bad Display, RVB Books Paris and Photoforum Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland. Umbrico is represented by Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, California, and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York.
–Courtesy of Headlands Center for the Arts

Framing courtesy of The Painters Place

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY

About 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. Broken Sets (eBay) (2009–11) consists of a series of images found on eBay of broken LCD television screens; the images are cropped, turned on their side, and printed onto metallic paper, resulting in an abstract grid of images that obliquely critiques the banality of consumer culture. She has also created photographic installations from thousands of images found on Flickr of old office desks for sale, as well as sunsets which she discovered is the most photographed subject on the internet. “I use the screen grab or the crop tool the way I’d frame a picture with a camera on the street,” she has said.

American , b. 1957, Philadelphia, PA, USA, based in Brooklyn, NY, United States