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First Solo Exhibition in Scotland by American Artist Ingrid Calame Opens at the Fruitmarket Gallery

EDINBURGH.- The Fruitmarket Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Scotland of the work of American artist Ingrid Calame, whose beautifully-coloured, intricate drawings and paintings have a specific, if abstracted relationship to the world. Calame’s paintings and drawings all begin with Calame tracing marks, stains and cracks on the ground. She then combines, layers and retraces the tracings before transforming them into drawings in coloured pencil or pure pigment and paintings in enamel or, more recently, oil paint. The works that result from this singular process are beautiful and intelligent abstractions. Displayed in a gallery, they retain their connection with the world outside at several removes, exerting an oddly insistent presence. This exhibition brings together drawings and paintings made from 1994 to 2011. Poised between sspspss..UM biddle BOP, 1997, a huge painting on Mylar (architectural tracing paper) that drapes from the gallery