Running through David Penny’s practice is an interest in creating interpretative space between objects and their images. He completed a practice-based PhD. Pictures of Things and Things that are Pictures examined uncertainties of the material status of the photographic image through the production of a body of object based photographic work.
David thinks of photographic as an approach to create something new rather than functioning as documentation. His image making practice is considered through a sculptural framework, often leading to a spatial installation when he is making in the studio and when work is shown in a gallery context.
Manchester-based photographic artist David Penny makes provocative images informed by the genre of still life. He constructs arrangements of objects for the camera, creating compositions against plain backgrounds. The photographs he makes are subtle manipulations; inviting interpretation of the environments and objects he works with. Recent projects include. A Screen for another focus, Dovecot Studios, ‘A Quality of Distance’, METAL Liverpool and Spatial Correspondences, RAUMX London. He has undertaken an artists residency at Hospitalfield, Arbraoth. His work has been exhibited internationally at Open Eye Gallery, UK and ShanghART, Shanghai and has been published in SOURCE: the photographic review, PIPELINE: Hong Kong, and through Museums ETC. He has completed a practice-based PhD at Manchester School of Art and is a graduate from the University of Westminster.