Sculptor Lon Pennock has another direction in his art: collages. As with his sculptures, he combines simple geometric forms and takes up the blackness of his sculptures. It is clearly noticeable that he is inspired by Zen philosophy. The artist from The Hague has been active throughout Europe since 1969 at exhibitions and various art fairs, including: ‘Art Frankfurt’. From 1979 to 1990 he was director of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. One of his main focuses are large-format sculptures in public spaces.
Pennock’s sculptures, usually made of steel or bronze, seem, despite their static nature, as if they could move at any moment. The precision of the arrangements, and at the same time their geometric playfulness, leave room for the viewers’ own interpretations. He is particularly proficient in the language of the material and, with practically nothing, comments with great subtlety about the nature of things. In particular, his small-scale sculptures and collages are witness to the great freedom and virtuosity that Lon Pennock has achieved. He no longer has to master the world with his monumental symbols as he already achieved this in his early work. Lon Pennock eliminates everything that is superfluous in his work. The essentials, poetic and simple – these are the values that characterise both Lon Pennock’s small and large sculptures. With him there is no distraction, no ‘too much’.