Digital art exhibit pushes boundaries of virtual reality
A new exhibit at Francis Marion’s University Place Gallery in Downtown Florence pushes the boundaries of art and virtual reality.
Will Penny’s “Neutral Zone” opened on Sept. 8 and will run through Oct. 23.
The exhibit“is an immersive installation featuring a combination of digital and experimental media representing the artist’s interests in simulation, interactivity, and techno-romanticism,” according to a press release. “Neutral Zone” borrows from a range of sources, including science fiction, fantasy art, gestural abstraction and other artistic formal conventions. The works within the exhibit present “a variety of approaches to representing experience as fragments and components of a larger whole, mediated through time-based video and sculptural works. The slippage between simulation, illusion and reality is the space in which the Neutral Zone is situated.”
Penny was raised in Southern Ontario, Canada, but currently resides in Savannah, Ga. 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
information is generated, transmitted and received. He has exhibited in The United States and Canada.
Gallery hours for University Place are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 142 North Dargan Street.
technologies, his art confronts the way