Sean J Patrick Carney is a concrete comedian, visual artist, and writer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Carney’s interdisciplinary practice includes performance, stand-up comedy, sculpture, critical theory, video, and multiple other forms of media. He is the founder and director of Social Malpractice Publishing, a label that specializes in publishing artist books existing at the intersection of visual art and humor. In 2011, he co-founded the Conceptual Oregon Performance School (C.O.P.S.), a free, artist-run summer institute that focuses on contemporary performance strategies. Since 2012, Carney has been a member of GWC, Investigators a collaborative paranormal research team. He is one of nine New York-based artists who coordinate and program Essex Flowers, a collective gallery in the Lower East Side.
His works and performances have been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Printed Matter, Inc, New York City; the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; the 2009 Amsterdam Biennale, and many others. Carney’s practice has received attention in print and online from Art:21; Artribune Italy; Gawker.com; Bad at Sports; the Oregonian; Higher Arc; Oyster Magazine, and more. He has taught at Pacific Northwest College of Art; the Virginia Commonwealth University; New York University’s Department of Art and Art Professions; and the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. He holds a BFA in Art Education from Arizona State University and an MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art.
PNCA’s Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies summer 2014 session includes a Summer Lecture series featuring talks by visiting artists that are free and open to the public. With the visiting artists & scholars Low-Res MFA students will participate in a site-specific project retreat at Leland Iron Works, workshops through the Fashioning Cascadia exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, studio visits, critiques, and demonstrations each week throughout the summer session.