Colin Edgington is a visual artist currently living and working in New Jersey. He was born in Denver, Colorado but grew up in Central New Mexico, a place that has shaped (and continues to shape) his understanding of the world.
His work has been exhibited internationally, published nationally and has written for Exposure: The Journal of the Society for Photographic Education, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism and Fraction Magazine. He was recently named the winner of the Iowa Review Photography Prize for his project [umbrae].
He holds a BAFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from the Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University. He currently teaches photography at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, Raritan Valley Community College, and Northampton Community College.
The photograph is, for me, a site of imaginative contention, one that is often suspended within the grey areas of ambivalence attributed to the medium (image/object, icon/index, art/technology and fact/fiction). It is in this area that I find the power of the medium and so choose to work; an area that is more in line with literature than document, a medium that exists beyond the confines of the linear.
My practice often resides in between the landscape and the studio where I construct sites and objects, invent views and build narratives. I am interested in the notions (and contradictions) of site, distance and place. I am swayed by perception and dynamic contexts. Conceptual motivation is rooted in a historical, environmental, social and personal hypocenter where the medium’s ability to reveal and conceal is at the forefront.