250 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10281
This artwork is not open to the public
In the fancifully colorful Perry Street Projects Wading Pool #3, Ingrid Calame directly transcribes two excerpts of the twenty-one foot by twenty-one foot drawing that she made in an abandoned wading pool in Buffalo, New York. Calame transferred the drawing directly to the wall in 2013 with a pounce pattern – a Renaissance technique used to apply a cartoon drawing to a wall. In this method, the lines of a drawing are incised or pinpricked into a second substrate of paper, which is then tacked up on the wall. Then pigments are beaten against the surface of the substrate. The marks of the pool’s peeling paint and cracks thus percolated are reminiscent of the nucleus of a nerve cell, a spider's web, or an acropolis.
Since 1994, Ingrid Calame’s artistic practice has revolved around tracings she takes from the ground and reinterprets for the wall. Calame considers the indexical process of tracing to be a gathering of small increments of what is ultimately an overall drawing of the world. Each mark left on the ground is an evidentiary fragment of human presence. Referring to the pounce wall drawings writer Michael Newman states, “As with other paintings and installations by Calame, the viewer feels that he or she is seeing something at once complete in itself and a part of something vast, even infinite.”