George Billis Gallery Los Angeles is proud to announce a solo show of Carol Inez Charney’s newest photographs. This body of work, referred to as Interior Landscapes, is a photographic series that uses natural distortions present in our every day world – namely, moisture and ice crystals on windows— to evoke a painterly image that re-contextualizes our everyday architectural landscape.
Charney writes of her process: “For many years, I'd been trying to combine painting and photography with very contrived results. One day, however, I looked through a window completely covered in condensation and realized that I could use the camera to reinterpret the world around me as a painting. It was a revelation.”
With this as her starting point, Charney photographs contemporary architecture and distills it down to a series of compositional planes, which become the basis of the final image. This composition is then obscured by placing it behind a sheet of glass that has been painted with water, thus combining painterly abstraction and photographic realism to create her own visual vocabulary of abstracted photography. Ranging in size from 30 x 30 inches to large scale 48 x 48 inches, these vibrantly hued images are painterly and ethereal.
Carol Inez Charney received her BA in painting from the University of Santa Cruz and her MFA in photography from San Jose State University and has exhibited extensively on the West Coast and in New York. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.