David Penny

David Penny

Artist, Maker, Writer, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

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

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Location Manchester, North West
Activities Higher education, Practice-based research, Residencies, Critical writing, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Curatorial project, Photography, Sculpture, Text