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Penelope Umbrico: Photographs

Penelope Umbrico: Photographs

ISBN 9781597111713
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"Penelope Umbrico (Photographs)" offers a radical reinterpretation of every-day consumer and vernacular images. As the artist describes, she works within the virtual world of consumer marketing and social media, traveling through the relentless flow of seductive images, objects, and information that surrounds us, searching for decisive moments but in these worlds, decisive moments are cultural absurdities. Umbrico finds these moments in the printed pages of consumer product mail-order catalogs, travel and leisure brochures, and online sites such as Craigslist, EBay, and Flickr. By identifying and isolating image typologiescandy-colored horizons and sunsets, books used as propsthe farcical and surreal nature of the lingua franca of consumerism and recrea-tion is brought to new light. "Penelope Umbrico (Photographs)" presents a unique and challenging approach to quintessential issues of representation in contemporary culture, including how images are used to construct and communicate consumer desire, and whether or not the growing volume of images we view online fosters a critical visual literacy. This volume, Umbricos first monograph, is accompanied by a series of essays, appendices of source material, excerpts from theoretical works, and other material serving as resources for engaging further with the work and issues involved.

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