James Cohan Gallery is pleased to present the gallery’s fifth solo exhibition by California-based artist Ingrid Calame, Tracks, on view December 12, 2013 through February 8, 2014. The exhibition includes two new immersive pounce wall drawings and two oil paintings on aluminum.
The centerpiece of the exhibition, entitled Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pits #4, #7, #9, #26, #32, #33, #35, #37, #39, #40, is a vibrantly-colored large-scale pounce wall drawing wrapping around all four walls of the main gallery and incorporating tracings of tire tracks from the Indy Speedway. Calame has worked in the Renaissance technique of pounce transfer since 2010, executed by pushing powdered pigment through a perforated template to apply a dotted under-drawing to the wall behind. This installation is her first to layer pounce patterns, combining the intricate forms of rubber skid marks on diamond-cut asphalt to kaleidoscopic effect. As she explains, “I try to control how the pigment transfers through the holes in the paper but there is a lot of chance—pouncing causes little explosions through each hole that radiate out. It is an event, like a drawing/dance.”
The second wall drawing, ArcelorMittal Steel Shipping Building No 1 Right #270-278, encircles the back gallery with a series of numbers Calame traced from the floor of the ArcelorMittal Steel factory in Buffalo, NY. These poster-sized stencils were used to locate finished rolls of steel from the cranes above. Calame found the disintegrating but legible numbers a beautiful synthesis of rational and natural systems, evocative of human touch and presence.