Tomas Penc’s multifaceted visual art practice draws from psychology and symbolism used in advertising industry, visual art references, popular culture signifiers and the ways they determine meaning and frame of perception in the current world. It is concerned with the unresolved relationship we have with the present day technology as the “new reality” through which this perceived world is operated, both in abstract and material terms. The approach to the work is open-ended and idea driven, the resulting artwork is usually project based and often site-specific.
Despite mostly initiated as self-contained ideas, there is an intention throughout the work to employ a consistent and unique visual language. Informed by European modernism, minimalism and constructivism reinterpreted through and enriched by contemporary technological mediums, this language also uses figurative elements as a way to introduce “situations” of universal meaning where the artwork is encountered as a riddle to be deciphered or experience to be had, with all its parts (from title to form, placement, color and sometimes sound) constituting the complete object.
The long-term aim of the research is to include the audience in the so called “participation mystique”, incorporating kinetic elements, sculpture, sound, interactive installation and 3D animation/projection as expression tools of equal importance.