Making art out of the ground we walk on, American artist Ingrid Calame produces beautifully abstract drawings and paintings with meticulousness. These works, created between 1994 and 2011 – and including an impressive wall drawing created especially for the Gallery – are the result of an intricate and obsessive process of tracing the marks, stains and cracks on the ground of urban locations, and layering these into rich arrangements, or “constellations”. Her pencil drawings on tracing paper are delicate and topographical and fascinating to analyse and deconstruct, whilst her polished enamel paintings have bold, beautiful colour palettes. Although the works are somewhat repetitive in their visual vocabulary, losing yourself in these wild landscapes of lines, shapes and colour is an entrancing visual experience.
The Fruitmarket Gallery, 5 Aug – 9 Oct, times vary, free.
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