Believe it or not, this is a piece by Canadian sculptor Evan Penny. He creates his disturbingly realistic figures with silicone, pigment, hair and aluminum. Several years ago, I was lucky enough to see an exhibit of his work at the Columbus Museum of Art. The skill involved here is mind boggling. Penny's sculptures literally grab his viewers, stop them dead in their tracks. Columbus has one of his larger than lifesize pieces, Back of Kelly, 2005, as part of their permanent collection. I recently saw it again, and snapped a few shots to share. The detail is astonishing, down to the blemishes, stray hairs and crusties behind the ears. Genius, in a very real way.
The acquiring of more information only makes things more complex and adds layers of uncertainty. The goal isn't realism; the byproduct is. --Evan Penny
|Back of Kelly, 2005, taken by me April 2011 at the Columbus Museum of Art|
|Back of Kelly, detail, click to embiggen, if you dare|