Penelope Umbrico
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8,309,719 Suns from Flickr (Partial), 2010
108 Kodak EasyShare chromogenic prints
“On the edge between representation and abstraction” is what Umbrico likes about her serial photoworks mined from public internet sources such as Google and Flickr. Instead of pointing the camera, contemporary image scavengers select, shuffle and filter images, reaffirming the notion that the digital age has absolutely not killed photography as an artistic medium. In fact, it could be considered an updated version of the photo-collage aesthetics of the early 20th century, when artists used popular illustrated magazines to personal ends almost as soon as photographs were reproduced in printed.