(about the artist)
Shane McGeehan is an artist, photographer and full-fledged Photoshop geek currently living in Charleston, South Carolina. He has an MFA from The Ohio State University with a focus in photography and audio-visual installation. Shane earned his BFA from Syracuse University in computer art while also spending a semester studying at the Rhode Island School of Design as a visiting student in photography. He is always questioning what photography is, how it can be redefined, and where is fits into the art world today.
Does owning a camera make you a photographer? Does taking a picture make you an artist? Perhaps not at all. These concerns with the medium force Shane to explore and experiment with image capture, image output, and new technologies in order to create something uncommon… Although the camera is his main tool, Shane has been known to utilize a plethora of imaging devices including flatbed scanners, large format film, microscope optics, makeshift lenses, and even a collection of vintage cameras. When Shane is not working in his studio he enjoys arguing about art, sitting on the beach, crafting, painting, tutoring, dancing, collecting vinyl, and cooking butternut squash.
His solo shows tackle a wide range of interests and mediums, and he always strives to push the work in new directions. Shane held one solo show each year while living in Pennsylvania, and hopes to bring much of this work to South Carolina. The past few years: (2016) An audio-visual installation filled Altered States exhibition at AFA Gallery. (2017) Shane’s take on traditional camera work in Redefining Nature Photography at CameraWork. (2018) A collection of surreal Self-Portraits at Waverly Small Works Gallery.
Shane’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions including Phase Shift at the Urban Arts Space (2015 Ohio), Imagine the Fantastic at the LH Horton Jr Gallery (2015 California), and a public performance at the NEPA Art Fair (2016 Pennsylvania). He was awarded the grand prize of Adobe Photoshop’s international image manipulation contest, the recipient of a University Fellowship at OSU, and chosen for the Judith Youshock Artist’s Grant.
Shane works both individually and collaboratively with a variety of media. In Visions, Laurie Otto and himself photograph, manipulate, and construct surreal poetic narratives. In Forest Of Illumination Shane utilizes 4×5 film, large-scale printing, color changing lights, and a darkened space to put perception into question. In Dust to Dust he is photographing an object, burning it, and then making a print using the subjects own ashes. Experimentation and exploration are very important to his practice as an artist.