The exhibition brings together drawings and paintings made from 1994 to 2011. Artist's paintings and drawings all begin with Calame tracing marks, stains and cracks on the ground. She then combines, layers and retraces the tracings before transforming them into drawings in coloured pencil or pure pigment and paintings in enamel or, more recently, oil paint.
The Fruitmarket Gallery is delighted to present the first solo exhibition in Scotland of the work of American artist Ingrid Calame, whose beautifully-coloured, intricate drawings and paintings have a specific, if abstracted relationship to the world.
Calame’s paintings and drawings all begin with Calame tracing marks, stains and cracks on the ground. She then combines, layers and retraces the tracings before transforming them into drawings in coloured pencil or pure pigment and paintings in enamel or, more recently, oil paint. The works that result from this singular process are beautiful and intelligent abstractions. Displayed in a gallery, they retain their connection with the world outside at several removes, exerting an oddly insistent presence.
This exhibition brings together drawings and paintings made from 1994 to 2011. Poised between sspspss..UM biddle BOP, 1997, a huge painting on Mylar (architectural tracing paper) that drapes from the gallery wall to the floor, and a new wall drawing LA River at Clearwater Street, 2006–8 made especially for and in The Fruitmarket Gallery, the exhibition presents the development of Calame’s singular visual language from her earliest tracings on her studio floor to her most recent workings and reworkings of marks recorded in the dried-out concrete riverbed of the L.A. River and at three locations in Buffalo: the ArcelorMittal Steel Shipping Building, the Perry Street Projects wading pool, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery parking lot.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication, Trace, edited, designed, produced and published by The Fruitmarket Gallery. With over 100 illustrations, newly-commissioned writing by Michael Newman and Brian Dillon, and a conversation between Ingrid Calame, photographer Shelby Roberts, and Fiona Bradley and Elizabeth McLean of The Fruitmarket Gallery, this substantial monograph presents Calame’s career to date.
Friday 5 August, 3pm. Free.
Ingrid Calame in conversation with Fiona Bradley, Director of The Fruitmarket Gallery.
Talk: Mark Dorrian, Adventures on the Vertical
Wednesday 29 September, 6.30pm. Free.
Professor Mark Dorrian (University of Newcastle) explores the poetics, politics and powers of looking from above.
Feminism and Contemporary Art
Wednesday 5 October, 5–8.15pm. £10/8.
Is gender, as Susan Hiller suggests, a ‘non-issue’ for women artists now? This seminar brings together artists, art historians and curators to explore the place of feminism and gender politics in the fields of contemporary art making, curating and art history research and publications. Speakers include: artists Rachel Adams and Kate Davis, art historians and writers Angela Dimitrakaki (University of Edinburgh), Alexandra Kokoli (Gray’s School of Art), Declan Long (National College of Art and Design, Dublin) and Sarah Lowndes (Glasgow School of Art). Chaired by Moira Jeffrey.
Image: From #258 Drawing (Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the L.A. River), 2007 enamel paint on aluminium, 183 x 305 cm
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Carmen and Mark Holeman Contemporary Fund, 2008.3
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