Our society is obsessed with the idea of the perfect image. Whether it’s the latest filter’s ability to morph our faces into algorithmic consumables for social media, or the reduction of pictures to digital information—pixels, MBs, and JPEGs—our understanding of image perfection is of a piece with the idea of image manipulation. 

Evan Penny is renowned for creating hyper-realist sculptures formed, forged, and filtered through digital photography. With Female Stretch, Variation #2, the Toronto-based artist’s attention to detail is undercut by an engineered distortion that makes the face not only hard to see, but hard to look at. This monumental three-dimensional portrait of an anonymous woman teeters between showing and stretching the truth.  

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