Penelope Umbrico's MONUMENT explores the monolithic state of current technologies in relation to its obsolescence. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a massive wall of broken LCD TVs that reveal their own insides while also providing a platform for video programing and backdrop for performances. A space will be dedicated to an interactive component, the disassembly of unwanted screen devices and creation of artwork with their parts. A site-specific installation made from this disassembled e-waste will become an ever-evolving sculpture. In collecting e-waste from visitors, the Gallery transforms into a temporary e-waste collection center. But it also engages in a trade – people bring an object, and get an object: photographic documentation of disassembled devices will be printed on site and the contributor will take away a print as a “souvenir” of the exhibition. Umbrico will also invite other artists to work with this material and with the public.
Penelope Umbrico is a prominent mid-career, Brooklyn-based artist. She has exhibited at such institutions as the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, MassMoCA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Le Mois de Photo a Montreal Photo Festival, The Photographers’ Gallery in London, and numerous others internationally. Her work is represented in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Perez Art Museum Miami, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. She is the recipient of a Smithsonian Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship; a John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award, a Deutsche Bank Fellow/New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, an Anonymous Was A Woman Award; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; and an Aaron Siskind Photographer’s Fellowship. Her publications include Penelope Umbrico (photographs) and Range, both published by Aperture, New York.