Photography and Art & Wall Decor by Carol Inez Charney
Carol Inez Charney

Carol Inez Charney

San Francisco, CA

"Using Photography to Reinterpret Architecture in the Interior Landscape Series as Well as Classic Painting in the After Painting Series."
Carol Inez Charney is an artist making photo-based work in San Francisco, CA. She is represented in NY and LA by the George Billis Gallery, in Oakland at Slate Contemporary, in Stockholm, Sweden by Coutour Galleri, in Park City by the Julie Nester Gallery, in San Francisco by Simon Breitbard Fine Arts and in Seattle by the Foster White Gallery. Her work can also be found in several prestigious corporate and private collections as well as with the SFMOMA Artist's Gallery.


Most work produced of the Interior Landscape series is made in sizes of: 30x30", 40x40", 48x48" and 60x60". More recently she's introduced vertical pieces available in sizes of: 30x60" and 36x72". The work is sold either as a print only or mounted on aluminum with a face flush non-glare plex mount and a recessed back. Editions are in 8, 10 and 15 depending on when the work was produced and what size.

For the After Painting series, the artwork is sold individually or as diptychs and triptychs where applicable, work is available as: 30x30" edition of 8, 36x36" edition of 8, 40x40" edition of 8, 48x48" edition of 6 and 60" in an edition of 4. All pieces are float framed with maple frames with the work mounted to aluminum. The work is also sold unframed as prints only.
Q&A

What is your favorite material to work with?

"Water is a magic substance. It can move, freeze, dribble, suspend—it's quite astounding not only the actual properties of water but visually how looking through water is magic itself. Photography is also magic. Capturing a fraction of a second of time is remarkable."
-- Carol Inez Charney
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"The intention of my work is to invite the viewer into looking at the work which is an abstract photograph— in the same way that we normally view paintings. We can get lost within areas of paintings in a way that usually does not happen with photography—and while looking at them over and over we travel not only visually around the painting itself but travel internally with our thoughts and emotions—we enter into a visual conversation. This is what I feel making the work and what I want the viewer to feel as well while looking at my photographs."
-- Carol Inez Charney
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What motivates and inspires you?

"Every work of art is a process. I never know where I'm completely going.
Diane Arbus said it perfectly:

“The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.”
― Diane Arbus,
Diane Arbus: Revelations"
-- Carol Inez Charney
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What makes a space special?

"The quality of light and shadow."
-- Carol Inez Charney
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What’s unique about your work?

"Water for me is the veil between the foreground and the background, as it is also representative of the past and the present. All my work in all my series contain components of something that creates a visual pause. In my Holocaust series, Marked For Life— it was the smoke creating a bridge between the past and the present. In my Interior Landscape series it is the water creating a contemplative veil between the foreground and the background occluding architecture while transforming it into a kind of painting. In my After Painting series it is the water once again creating a distance from the classic paintings they depict transforming them into contemporary paintings before our eyes— though through photography."
-- Carol Inez Charney
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"With all my work I'm looking to find underlying structures that create complex compositions with an unusual palette—something that is an intriguing starting point. From there I see how an image evolves and later decide if it is strong enough within the overall composition as well as it's points of focus to move forward with it. I am very process driven. I photograph and then rephotograph through water and then retouch and spot the image so there are no visual distractions, so the piece can stand on it's own. I paint with water through my camera."
-- Carol Inez Charney
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