Approved: 09.03.2012

David Penny

Artist, Maker, Writer, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Archived
Approved: 09.03.2012

I often make work from objects that are overlooked, unwanted or considered useless. Through photographing an object or assemblage it has potnetial to be transformed, encourgaing speculation. The space of the studio and the language of still life and industrial pack-shot are useful tools in creating portals to this realm of the understated. 

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  • Location: Manchester, North West
  • Activities: Higher education, Practice-based research, Residencies, Critical writing, Studio practice
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Photography, Sculpture, Text
 

Biography

I often make work from objects that are overlooked, unwanted or considered useless. Through photographing an object or assemblage it has potnetial to be transformed, encourgaing speculation. The space of the studio and the language of still life and industrial pack-shot are useful tools in creating portals to this realm of the understated. 

I am interested by the photograph's ability to mask or shroud the unimportance of the object in the picture and how the simple roots of many of the things I make pictures of are lost through 'the front' of the picture. This pursuit of meaning might becomes a play through which we aim to interpret the space between an object and it's image. It is often through the installation of works that this transformative space can be fully explored. There are sculptural motifs present in much of my work and although the images remain as two-dimensional photographic works, their materility as photographic object is significant

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2010 - - present Doctoral Research by Practice, MIRIAD, Manchester School of Art 2009 - MA Photographic Studies, Distinction, University of Westminster 2005 - BA (Hons) Photography, 1st Class, Manchester Metropolitan University Solo exhibitions 2011 - BAM BAM BAM, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool 2010 - Still Life – Works in Progress, Curve Gallery, Liverpool Biennial Group exhibitions 2012 - Arrivals, part of In Translation, Manchester Art Gallery 2012 - Classified, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield 2012 - Group show, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool 2012 - Group Show, ShanghART, Shanghai, China 2011 - extInked, Manchester Museum, Manchester 2011 - PPR group exhibition, CUBE gallery RIBA hub, Manchester 2010 - Anatomy of an Institution, Holden Gallery, Manchester Educational experience - tertiary 2008 - - 2010 Lecturer in Photography (0.5), University of Cumbria 2006 - - 2007 Visiting lecturer in Photography, University of Chester 2006 - - present Associate Lecturer in Photography, Manchester Metropolitan University Publications 2011 - Intra-Ordinary – Paper presented at Media Symposium, Manchester School of Art 2011 - Pictures of Things & Things that are Pictures – Paper presented at Photography and Artist’s Book Conference, University of Salford and Manchester Special Collections 2011 - The Crowd – Paper presented at Listening Symposium, Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester