- Colin Carney
Colin Carney is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Guelph ON. Carney acquired an Honours BA in Fine Art from the University of Guelph in '98 and an MFA from the University of Waterloo in '09. In 2008 he traveled to Ireland and France to work with a variety of accomplished Irish artists courtesy of the Keith and Win Shantz Summer Internship award from the University of Waterloo. In 2009, Carney was the recipient of the Jack Gilbert award for Best Computer Altered Photography at the 48th annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. He also participated in SNAP 2010 at the National Ballet School in Toronto and Contact 2010 at the Gladstone Hotel also in Toronto.
My photographs are manipulated to extend the perceptual impact of the subject. By collapsing many layers of the same subject, shot in the same circumstance at various vantage points into a singular image, I am interested in generating something specific. The viewer repeats their first experience with the subject when unpacking the elements, offering many opportunities for discovery. It is a bit like blending many extended first glances. Resting in and extending that glance before meaning is deciphered relates directly to a phenomenological notion of primary perception.
The viewer is afforded a position in this work to see the subject all at once without having to make sensible concrete conclusions about the truth of the subject or their position in relation to it. The memory of a subject is similar. Conflated by primary and secondary information without any pure certainty, memory harbors a similarly shifting perspective in time and vantage. The secondary function of this work is in this way an unspecific evocation. My photographs function in this tension between "presentness and memory.
Colin Carney, 2010.