Throughout her career, Ingrid Calame has generated ideas for her paintings through a close examination of the world around her, using detritus left by people in passing as her source material. She focuses her gaze on the left-over and often overlooked – stains on a sidewalk, graffiti on a river bank, tire skid marks on a roadway. After tracing the shapes of these discarded marks, Calame uses this representational and yet not necessarily recognizable information to generate abstractions. She refers to this process as a “representation of loss,” resulting in paintings that function in part as landscapes or historical referents to the forgotten, disregarded or unobserved. Calame transcends the documentary aspect of her source material in the creation of formal compositions that engage in layering and fragmentation, softening the movement from line to shape. The complement of this rigorous conceptual methodology is a freedom of experimentation, particularly with color assignment, as evidenced in the riotous explosions and challenging combinations found in Calame’s most recent paintings on aluminum panel.
Ingrid Calame was born in 1965 in the Bronx, NY. She received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her MFA in Art and Film from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Calame’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA; Kunstverein Hannover, Germany; Monterey Museum of Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH; Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, FL; and the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum, GA.
Calame's work is included in the permanent collections of several prestigious museums, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland; and private collections including the Maramotti Collection, Italy; Goetz Collection, Munich; Jumex Collection, Mexico; and Brookfield Properties Corporate Collection, New York, NY. Ingrid Calame lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.