(about the artist)
Shane McGeehan is an artist, commercial photographer, and Photoshop geek currently living in Waverly, Pennsylvania. He has an MFA from The Ohio State University with a focus in photography and digital art. 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. From digital manipulation to the darkroom, and even the history of the medium – It is his passion.
His creations have 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). Shane 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. His solo shows tackle a wide range of interests and mediums from the audio-visual installation filled Altered States exhibition at AFA Gallery, to his new take on traditional photography in Redefining Nature Photography at CameraWork. Presently Shane is currently planning for his upcoming solo show at Waverly Small Works Gallery.
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.
He is always questioning what photography is, how it can be redefined, and where is fits into the art world today. Although the camera is his main tool, he has been known to utilize a plethora of image capture methods 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, hiking, crafting, painting, tutoring, dancing, listening to vinyl, and cooking butternut squash.