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Penelope Umbrico, (Not) Easy Canvases, from Four Photographs of Rays of Sunlight in Grand Central Station . . . , 2015, fifteen giclée prints on polyester canvas, each 16 × 20".

Penelope Umbrico

Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Penelope Umbrico, (Not) Easy Canvases, from Four Photographs of Rays of Sunlight in Grand Central Station . . . , 2015, fifteen giclée prints on polyester canvas, each 16 × 20".

Like words repeated over and over until they sound like the utterances of an alien tongue, Penelope Umbrico’s images are fascinating for their exploration of the differences between multiple photographs of the “same” subject—for the fact that no two shots can ever accurately be described as identical. Her true subject is thus not that which is pictured in her appropriated snaps, but the personal-social circumstances and technological-commercial processes through which they were arrived at. Pre-Internet, hers would have been a much tougher, perhaps impossible, undertaking. Now, the very sense of the term search has shifted, the Web having rendered the pursuit of any given image well nigh effortless. The joy is no longer in the hunt, but again in the quarry.

In “Silvery Light,” her debut exhibition at this gallery, Umbrico has two main foci: first, several versions of a famous

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