Will Penny was raised in Southern Ontario and currently lives in Savannah, Georgia. He has received a diploma in Fine Art from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario and a BFA and MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design. Penny’s artworks “dissolve traditional boundaries of art and design. His art explores tensions between the tangible space a painting inhabits, the impact of digital technology on fabricated forms and illusionistic environments. By creating systems of interactivity with digital technologies, his art confronts the way information is generated, transmitted and received.”
On September 14, 2018, Penny exhibited his work, En Plein Air, at Laney Contemporary, in Savannah, GA. When entering Laney Contemporary, the viewer is led into a dark room. The first noticeable work was a 3D projection. To make the projection, Penny shoots different images around Savannah, GA and layers and manipulates them in a program to bring out the textures. Another work that was exhibited in this room were channel videos on single screens. As the viewer walks up the stairs to the second floor of the gallery they are welcomed with Penny’s holographic structure on aluminum. I noticed that this piece was instantly sold as soon as the opening started. Along the hallway of the second floor were multiple nylon on density fiberboard works. These works seemed to be made of velvet, and looked very soft to touch. In the room attached to the hallway, there were two mirrored structures, and a floating rotating “rock”. In the main center room, I saw more floating “rocks” that were actually polyamide nylon with magnetic levitation. Along the walls were large scale canon ink jet on paper and canvas works. Finally, in the back room, Penny exhibited mirrored structures which paired perfectly with the mirrored walls. This room also served as a bar, which Service Brewing sponsored, and also put Penny’s artwork on their Milkshake IPA beer.