Evan Penny's Stretched and Skewed Hyperreal Sculptures

August 18, 2016

Evan Penny creates altered renderings of the human figure from silicone, pigment, hair, fabric and aluminum. Pushing the limits of figural representation through distortions of stretching skewing, and exaggerated scale, Penny further "blurs the boundaries between the real and the unreal, truth and imagination, and photography and sculpture."

Evan Penny on his ongoing Stretch, Skew and Anamorph series: "Not obvious when viewing the sculptures alone, but crucial to the idea, is that they do not evolve from a pre-existing source photograph of an individual that has been manipulated in Photoshop. They are fictitious characters that evolve through the sculpting process in a stretched state. Nor are they fanciful or exaggerated caricatures. The sculpture is resolved as a successful character if and when a photograph can be taken of it, compressed in Photoshop, and produce an image of a plausible realistically proportioned individual. In other words, the assumed relationship between realistic source photograph and manipulated sculpture is inverted. The realistic photograph (comes after and) is distorted. The stretched sculpture (comes first and) is not."