Gallery artist Penelope Umbrico will be signing her two newest books in Paris this week. Starting with her collaboration with RVB Books, the artist will debut and celebrate “Out of Order.” This book brings together a series of images collected by the artist on sales websites. All along the 2008-2013 financial crisis, she identified large online stocks of second-hand office furniture – including potted plants – from failed businesses. She took hold of this material to elaborate an episodic book, composing a portrait of the crisis, both visually and metaphorically that compounds a collection of images, a 4×6 glossy C-print, the list of bank failures between 2008 and 2013, and an essay by Clément Chéroux. The reception for this launch will take place Friday, November 14th, 6-10:30pm at the RVB Books Gallery (Paris). The concurrent exhibition will remain on view through December 20, 2014.
Umbrico will also release and sign her newest publication with the Aperture Foundation, “Range.” Utilizing the imagery from her most recent solo exhibition with Mark Moore Gallery, “Range” is an exploration of an analog history of photography within the digital torrent that is its current technological manifestation. She chose the subject of the mountain as represented within Aperture’s Masters of Photography series, in order to contrast these two most singular and stable subjects (the master and the mountain) with the instability and ubiquity of current photographic practices. To this end, Umbrico downloaded the most popular smart-phone camera apps to her iPhone and used them to re-photograph the images of mountains in these books, as well as representations of mountains from other canonical photographs in books and online. Umbrico will release and sign this book at Paris Photo on Saturday, November 15, at 5:30pm. This book will be available to the public in Spring, 2015.
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