Ingrid Calame (American b. 1965)
#224 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ), 1979.
Color pencil on trace mylar.
92 x 60 inches.
Gund Gallery collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund.
The subject matter of Ingrid Calame’s paintings and drawing is the discarded marks others have imprinted on industrial environments. Calame’s work captures the urban essence of place by tracing the often overlooked stains and cracks of specific industrial locations onto semi-transparent film, and then by transposing, overlapping, and retracing these mappings in color. Her vibrant and complex abstractions are representative of specific places while retaining their ambiguity. The paintings function as both landscapes and historical documents recording discarded and unobserved markings.