Penelope Umbrico is a photo-based artist whose installations, video, and digital media works explore the ever-increasing production and consumption of images on the Internet. Utilizing photo-sharing and consumer websites as an expansive archive, she navigates between producer and consumer, local and global, and the individual and the collective, with attention to the technologies that produce (and are produced by) these forces. Her work questions the idea of the democratization of media, where pre-scripted images, made with tools programmed to function in predetermined ways, stake a claim to authorship, subjectivity and individuality. She views all the images within this emergent environment as evidence of something other than what they depict.
Her work is exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Perez Art Museum Miami, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a recent Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Aperture published her monograph, (photographs) (2011) and Range (2014) and Out of Order (2014) was published by RVB Paris. She is represented by Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City.