Bknset_02

Broken Sets, 2009

Bknset_03

Broken Sets, 2009

Desktraj_index-a

Desk Trajectories (As Is), 2010

Fictionandpoetry

Image Collection #1: Instances of Books Being Read (from home-decor and home-improvement webistes and catalogs),

Index-65

Sunset Portraits, 2011

Onehourphoto

229 Mini Photo Labs For Sale on the Internet, 2011

Suns_brisbane

Suns (From Sunsets) from Flickr, 2006-ongoing

Suns_brisbane2

Suns (From Sunsets) from Flickr, 2006-ongoing

Universalremotes-ebay

Image Collection #6: Universal Remotes (eBay), 2008-ongoing

Work / Photography

Penelope Umbrico

Recipient of the photography Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, Penelope Umbrico takes ubiquitous photographic instances and lays them up against each other, like sunsets on Flickr or broken TV sets on eBay (pictured) or the sculptural desk trajectories. She pulls these images from the internet, catalogues, auction sites and image aggregators that make up our visual commons. For some of these, the original setting of the single image was intended to make us want them but – like anything that is repeated enough till it’s utter nonsense – proliferation of these images makes their materialness immaterial, their uniqueness lost in the collective whole.