Like religion in days gone by, science and technology has become the unchallenged supreme deity of the present, penetrating every aspect of contemporary living.
Tomas Penc uses slick design and disruptive sounds in his work reflecting the optimistic surface and the disturbed interior as a consequence to use of technology. He integrates these elements in this show devised around the particular gallery space in Triskel Christchurch to multiply and emphasize his concept. The exhibition is to be accompanied by an audio guide/publication.
The approach to his work is open-ended and idea driven, the resulting artwork is usually project based and often site-specific and takes form of sculpture, new media projection and interactive installation. The work seeks to include the viewer in a multi-source experience both physically and emotionally, and can be regarded as trans-disciplinary.
His work is embedded in an engaged conceptual and material research with emphasis on human behaviour seen through psychoanalysis, existentialist and eastern philosophy and borrowing from symbolism used in advertising industry, visual arts, and popular culture. It is concerned with the unresolved relationship we have with present day technology and the possibilities of transcending these ethical and moral challenges.
Tomas Penc has successfully completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art at CIT Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland. During this time, he has developed a basis for an independent art practice which has been recognized by CIT with The Best CIT CCAD Honours Degree Student Award as well as a 6-month residency in one of the leading Irish arts organisations, the National Sculpture Factory.