John Penny (MFAST faculty) Exhibits his installation, “Slow Measure: for Cornelius,” at Richland College in Dallas, Texas
Posted 11.05.12 by Erin Barach
Richland College was proud to present Slow Measure: for Cornelius, an installation in the Brazos Gallery by Maryland Institute College of Art professor John Penny. A series of recorded "events," including several constructions, occupied the gallery paying homage to John's mentor and composer Cornelius Cardew. Referencing the space between abstract notation and drawing, Penny's works considers drawing as a material record of an action, as a non-autographic other composed of non-standard materials.
Deriving the term "allographic" from Nelson Goodman's "Languages of Art", Penny's works embrace the handling of material and it's subsequent physical transformation as implied drawing, allowing the acts to convey the genus of idea rather than presenting ideological distillation through standards of traditional drawing. The subtle, conceptually formulated works espouse a formal beauty, often executed with reference to measurement, mark making, and spatial or time consideration.
Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.