Penelope Umbrico

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay Street, Suite 720

Penelope Umbrico reinterprets everyday consumer and vernacular images, finding her subjects in travel brochures and product mail-order catalogs and utilizing search engines, web platforms, common software applications, and imaging technologies to create multi-disciplinary works.

The screen is both the medium and subject of her work, as she finds thousands of them used, unwanted, broken or for sale on websites such as eBay and Craigslist. In Umbrico’s work the screen becomes a threshold, a point of implosion in which the space in front and behind the screen collapse to reveal and rearticulate the flaws, failures and material detritus of technology and our increasingly isolated ye globalized economies. Her work navigates between producer and consumer, local and global, the individual and the collective, with attention to the technologies that are produced by, and in turn produce, these forces.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.

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