Re Figured - Sculptures by Evan Penny
Stretch # 1 by Evan Penny, 2003
When I was at the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the Frida and Diego exhibit, a friend suggested I also look at another exhibit by Toronto-based artist Evan Penny. The show is a retrospective of Penny's sculptures from the past 10 or 12 years, which begin their life as digital scans which then become clay models, and eventually, larger than life-size distorted figures made from silicone, pigment, hair and aluminum.
Murray, Variation # 3 by Evan Penny, 2008
The figures change depending on the angle from which you view them. Some, like "Murray", look realistically proportioned when viewed head on from the front, but then when viewed from the side you see that they are compressed and distorted, and some, like "Stretch #1" (photo above) are grossly distorted from every perspective. Penny has been quoted as saying "I try to situate my sculpture somewhere between the way we perceive each other in real time and space and the way we perceive ourselves and each other in an image.
Murray viewed in profile. The figure is approximately 3 times life size
The details of the skin and hair are uncannily realistic, and a bit creepy - the silicone skin is hand painted and each hair is inserted by hand. Penny spent 13 years creating special prosthetic effects for the film industry, including a number of films by Oliver Stone. Re Figured continues at the Art Gallery of Ontario until January 6th.
Sculpture Culture - Indie Toy Show and Sale at Uber Cool Stuff
"Ghost Pig", created by toy artist Laird Henderson of Big Trubble
Ghost Pig (my personal favourite) and many other custom toys and figurines were on display at Sculpture Culture, an Indie toy show and sale held at Uber Cool Stuff in November.
Dr. Who figures created by Meg Kirkland on display at the Sculpture Culture show