Sean J Patrick Carney (b. 1982, Michigan) is an artist and writer in Gainesville, FL. He is a frequent contributor to Artforum and Art in America, and his writing has appeared in VICE, Artnet News, Harvard Urban Review, Glasstire, and High Country News, among other publications. In 2019, Carney received the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for short-form writing. Previously, he was a member of New York artist collective the Bruce High Quality Foundation, and served as a faculty member and co-director of their experimental, tuition-free school, BHQFU. Since 2009, he has operated an independent artist book distribution label, Social Malpractice Publishing. His podcast Humor and the Abject received a Net Art Grant from Rhizome and a Creators Residency at Kickstarter. As part of paranormal research collaborative GWC, Investigators, he has participated in High Desert Test Sites and received grant funding from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Precipice Fund, and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Carney has taught courses at the University of Texas at Austin, the Virginia Commonwealth University, New York University, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Dia:Beacon, the Museum of Modern Art, BHQFU, and Grand Valley State University, where he served as Padnos Distinguished Artist-in-Residence from 2020-23. Most recently, his works and performances have been presented at venues including Canada Gallery, New York; MOCA Los Angeles; Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam; the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; the Banff Centre, Alberta; and Printed Matter, New York.