Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006 Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006 Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006 Subject: Contemporary Portraiture / The Cartin Collection @ Lyman Allyn Museum May 14 - August 14, 2006
Evan Penny
(South Africa, 1953- )
Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

Working in molded and dye-painted silicone, implanting real hair one strand at a time, Evan Penny makes figures (most often head-and-shoulders busts) at twice life size or larger. Oddly, the closer one gets to this work, the closer one looks at the details of Penny's work, the more real it appears. Penny constructs molds for the silicone by modeling clay by hand, a technique he also uses as an artist who makes props for movies. This work, a self portrait, shares with other work by Penny a sensibility that goes beyond just technological virtuosity. Through the painstaking creation of scars, blemishes and other imperfections of the body, Penny investigates human corporeality and fallibility.
Evan Penny, Back of Evan Back of Evan
2005

Silicone, hair, pigment, aluminum
47 x 43 x 15 in.
Exhibition Info
Installation Views
The Cartin Collection

Philip Akkerman
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Robert Beck
Stanley Brouwn
Thomas Chimes
Joe Coleman
Benjamin Cottam
R Crumb
Spencer Finch
Tony Fitzpatrick
Tom Friedman
Gregory Gillespie
Mark Greenwold
David Hammons
Paul Laffoley
Glenn Ligon
Robert Lostutter
Margherita Manzelli
Marlene McCarty
Sean Mellyn
Sam Messer
Evan Penny
Charles Ritchie
Harry Roseman
Matt Saunders
Jenny Scobel
Sandra Scolnik
Malick Sidibé
Hiroshi Sugimoto
Jim Torok
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
Magnus Von Plessen
John Waters
Martin Wilner