Ingrid Calame has a cartographer's desire to know the world. Since the late 1990s she has been tracing stains, true-to-size, found on sidewalks, the floor of her childhood church, the New York Stock Exchange, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and elsewhere-creating slick enamel on metal paintings, colored pencil and mylar drawings, or site-specific paintings on museum and gallery walls. Calame sees the stains, drips, and drizzles as signs of loss (remnants of past human actions), celebrations of life (the burnt rubber of a victory donut left by an Indy 500 winner), or hubris (graffiti artists' tags).
Despite a formal echo reminiscent of Abstract Expressionists and color theorists, Calame's work is meticulous, representational, and far from spontaneous. Carefully planned colors and high-gloss finishes evoke a fetish for mark and surface. Calame has exhibited internationally and nationally at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston's Contemporary Art Museum, Deitch Projects, James Cohan Gallery, Rose Art Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been reviewed in the New Yorker, Art in America, LA Times, Art on Paper, New York Times Magazine, and ArtForum.Ingrid Calame's talk is presented in collaboration with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Calame will also speak at the SMFA on Tuesday, October 6 at 12:30 pm in the Riley Seminar Room.