Evan Penny Exhibition

Tomio Koyama Gallery

poster for Evan Penny Exhibition

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This artist creates amazingly real busts (or full figures) mainly using silicone. His creations have a strangely captivating effect on viewers. Real human hair has been applied to the models’ heads, and freckles and wrinkles are visible from the faces to the naked backs in extremely close detail, like looking through a magnifying glass. The figures will leave you with the feeling that they suddenly appeared right before your eyes. This is because the figures lack the depth of regular human bodies, so that they straddle the border between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds.

Another unique characteristic is how the figures are compressed on the sides while simultaneously elongated from top to bottom, resulting in an unnatural form. This peculiar shape is derived from a process where digital images are manipulated and enhanced. When referring to figurative works, we are unconsciously reminded of photographic images. The artist's figurative sculptures reveals the illusionary differences between reflected images and the real world, as he takes the two-dimensional photographic world and renders his own interpretation as a three-dimensional sculpture.

While realistic portraits are often based on real people, the artist gives each figure a number, as in his series ”No One ? In Particular." For the artist, these super-realistic portraits do not reflect a story; for us, the viewers, they may represent a radical infinite loop of reality and reflection. This exhibition will feature 4 new works.

Opening Reception: June 20th, 18:00-20:00

[Image: "Back of Danny #2" 2007, 73.7x61.0x17.8cm (silicone, pigment, hair) ©2007 Evan Penny]



From 2007-06-30 To 2007-07-28


Evan Penny



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