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Press relating to Ingrid Calame

  • Ingrid Calame: The Exhibitionist ~ Maureen Davidson

    Published in, 15 December 2010

    The artist painstakingly traces the outlines of these layers upon transparent sheets of Mylar, kneeling on the sidewalks, asphalt roadways and industrial lots. In the studio, she integrates these tracings into a single Mylar layer using different colored pencils to achieve potentially vast drawings that could well be topographical maps. But the crisp cleanness of the Mylar, the even, elegant pencil lines in two or three radiant colors, is obviously a repository for more than geographical information. Each color appears to have a direction, and within the empty mazes of lines there appears an occasional recognizable outline. In fact the artist often integrates tracings from different locations to achieve a beautifully crafted composite that represents an impossible geographic confluence. 

    In the paintings—here oil on aluminum—the artist begins with tracings, then fills in the outlines with intense color in a limited but vibrant palette.

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  • INGRID CALAME: Artist finds abstract beauty in traces of Buffalo’s past ~ Colin Dabkowski

    Published in The Buffalo News, 8 October 2009

    Her drawings and paintings combine the meticulous tracings from the wading pool, the parking lot and the steel plant into layered abstractions that give little hint about their source. Several of the pieces look like color-coded topographical maps of otherworldly landscapes; others have the look of more traditional abstract painting.

    All of them are infused, in ways that are anything but obvious, with Calame’s ideas about mortality, her own family history and her interest in the perceptions of abstraction and representation.

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  • Artist Ingrid Calame on how she draws ~ Ingrid Calame

    Published in The Guardian, 19 September 2009

    My journey through tracing different sites, working with and meeting people and seeing their reactions to the work - all this has changed my understanding of representation and abstraction.

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  • Ingrid Calame Indianapolis ~ Jeffrey Hughes

    Published in Art Papers, 8 January 2008

    Calame’s colour choices indicate a very sophisticated, yet also intuitive and possibly emotive, understanding harmonies.

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  • Ingrid Calame: The Skid Stays in the Picture ~ Rachel Somerstein

    Published in ArtNews, November 2007 ( 56 )

    Colored-pencil drawings resemble topographical maps or aerial views of winding, disorganized cities like Rome. The enamel-on-aluminium works are based on the drawings and recall action paintings, but with a digitized, almost pixelated effect.

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  • Ingrid Calame at James Cohan ~ Casey Ruble

    Published in Art in American, November 2007

    ...Calame’s ambitious goal of merging high and low, infinite and infinitesimal, and arbitrary and intentional saves her work from being derivative.

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  • Ingrid Calame: Stop Your Engines! The Artist Is Tracing ~ Dorothy Spears

    Published in The New York Times, 18 October 2007

    Seeking to record “evidence of people” Ms. Calame began tracing stains in public places; at a church in her hometown; at the New York Stock Exchange; at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, on random streets and sidewalks.

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  • Ingrid Calame Constellations ~ John Yau

    Published in The Brooklyn Rail, October 2007

    When you stand close to one of Calame’s visually packed paintings, you are likely to forget that you are looking at a brightly colored copy of stains.

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  • Ingrid Calame: Vandalize This ~ Rachel Wolff

    Published in New York Magazine, September 2007

    Pretty? Yes. Vibrant? Sure. But it’s the artist’s process that sets these drawings and paintings apart from other contemporary abstractions. Ingrid Calame’s From #210 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River) defies Jackson Pollock’s chance-driven splatter method by taking its inspiration from specific graffiti and paint spills found on city streets.

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  • What’s in Your Studio, Ingrid Calame? ~ Robert Ayers

    Published in ArtInfo, September 2007

    Ingrid Calame creates abstract drawings and paintings that combine documentation of messy remains of human activity and explorations of scientific, religious, and economic institutions or places.

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