Sean J Patrick Carney (b. 1982, Michigan) is a concrete comedian, visual artist and writer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Carney's interdisciplinary practice includes performance, stand-up comedy, sculpture, critical theory, satire, video, and multiple other forms of media. He is the founder and director of Social Malpractice Publishing, a label that specializes in publishing artist books existing at the intersection of visual art and humor. In 2011, he co-founded the Conceptual Oregon Performance School (C.O.P.S.), a free, artist-run summer institute that focused on contemporary performance strategies and critical theory. Since 2012, Carney has been a member of GWC, Investigators, a collaborative paranormal research team. He is one of nine New York-based artists who coordinate and program Essex Flowers, a collective gallery in the Lower East Side.
His works and performances have been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Printed Matter, Inc, New York City; the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; the 2009 Amsterdam Biennale, and many others. Carney's practice has received attention in print and online from Art:21; Artribune Italy; Gawker.com; Bad at Sports; the Oregonian; Higher Arc; Oyster Magazine, and more. He has taught at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR; the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA; and New York University's Department of Art and Art Professions. Sean Joseph Patrick Carney is also currently new faculty at Bruce High Quality Foundation University.