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Monday, February 21, 2011

Speaking of Art... presents John Penny!

The Stamp Gallery presents the second installment of the
artist lecture and performance series
Speaking of Art…
Featuring artist and theorist John E. Penny to speak on “Allographic Drawing”

February 21st 2011 at 6:30pm
Prince George’s Room

1st floor of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life, on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park

 John Penny
New Mexico Found Drawings and Measuring Stick
2009, Ongoing
wood, graphite, measuring stick 6’x1”x1”
Allographic Drawing

‘Allographic art’ is a term first introduced by American philosopher Nelson Goodman to distinguish between autographic – being peculiar to an individual – and allographic – meaning any other form of notation that is not autographic.  John Penny will discuss ‘allographic drawing’ as a conceptual tool to aid in understanding a broad range of contemporary art production and the attitude underpinning it. In essence, allographic representation allows for the widest possible set of variations of a form, and includes an unlimited selection of media. Such an understanding necessitates the expansion of the notion of drawing and opens new possibilities for the practice of contemporary art.

Artist and theorist John E. Penny has taught sculpture, drawing, fine art, and theoretical studies in Australia, Great Britain, and the United States. After graduating from Maidstone College of Art, UK, Penny went on to complete an MFA in sculpture, with a minor in drawing at Ohio State University, and a PhD in theoretical studies from the University of Leeds, UK.  Penny currently serves as faculty in the Foundation department at the Maryland Institute College of Art  (MICA) in Baltimore, MD.

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