“Slow Measure: for Cornelius,” an installation by MFAST faculty member John Penny, will be on view in the Brazos Gallery at Richland College in September 2012. A series of recorded “events,” including several constructions, will occupy the gallery paying homage to mentor and composer Cornelius Cardew. Referencing the space between abstract notation and drawing, Penny’s works will consider 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.