Penelope Umbrico: Broken Sets / Ebay

April 29 - May 30, 2010


Broken Sets 2009 “Broken Sets” are cropped images of broken LCD TV screens for sale on eBay. These abstract formal compositions collapse the breakdown and failure of new technology with the aesthetic formalism of utopian Modernist abstraction. (Umbrico finds it fascinating that she cannot find any of these broken TVs to photograph herself. She is reliant on eBay where they are sold in lots for parts – rare, now, is the TV repair shop that sells used TVs – they’re not cost effective to repair.)