My work is diverse. I work with large-format view cameras, making earnest pictures of places that are strange and meaningful to me. I make abstract images of objects that find me. Sculptural works pay homage to disappeared architecture and explore the dubious legacies of religion and technology. My work is by turns reverent and irreverent. I have spent a great deal of time trying to figure out what unites all these strands and the best answer I can come up with, is that they are all rooted in storytelling and in objects. Art for me is a visual, physical, sensory, formal tag, or index, that leads to some sort of story or material encounter. In this sense, I am a collector — a collector of stories and of objects. As a result, process, trace, and physicality are essential elements in my work.
John Haney was born in Toronto in 1978. He holds a BA from Mount Allison University and an MFA from the University of Guelph. Haney’s photography, sculpture, and collaborative projects have been exhibited in Canada, the US, and Germany. His work was a Feature Exhibition at the 2012 Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, the same year he was nominated for the Scotiabank Photography Award. He was long-listed for the 2011 Sobey Art Award in the Atlantic category. Haney is a member of the Hamilton-based band/art collective SHIT PYRE. He is represented by Christina Parker Gallery and Emerson Gallery Berlin. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.