We had the good fortune of connecting with Ronny Carny and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ronny, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is quite literal in my case. I go up and down ladders and scaffolds till the point of exhaustion. That’s when I find the most sublime insights. My works are usually born on site, so the risk is double. It’s the risk of producing a bad work (not an option!) and the risk of falling down. From a very early stage in my evolutions as an artist, the gain of this kind of work was clear. It’s “live”, and if I could maintain liveness in the production of an artifact, I must. I’m awake and alert through the whole process. I have to be able to identify the many surprises which show themselves while working, and protect them so they won’t dissolve within the efforts of executing the work.
Choosing a life of Art is a risk of its own, for me. And yet I’ve witnessed myself choosing it again and again. So, it’s not a surprise to find ‘risk taking’ deep inside my practice itself.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I climb walls. I think my practice, as it is today, emerged out of a huge, almost childish admiration for life, combined with a horrible embarrassment about my place in all this plenty, and the way humanity seems to handle it. Big thoughts. My art is an existential practice. It’s a demonstration, a defiance, a prayer. It’s love. These are the roots of it all, and the end result is usually a huge wall painting. Abstract, exact. Geometric, yet soft. The painting emerges in my mind the moment I meet the wall. The ideal scenario for me is to be given a space, and enough time to do my thing. I do everything myself, without any special instruments. It’s hard work, physically and mentally. A big effort. It begins with a drawing on the wall itself, then comes the paint. It’s very important for me to invent the work on site, and not project an image, so I never use projectors. I scale everything in consideration of the space’s features. The challenges and lessons are endless, within the artistic process, and life’s challenges at large. When I look back, I think that persistence payed off, in many ways. I try to not lose sight of my ongoing vision, and keep cultivating it, even through difficult times.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Between a breakfast at Montefiore Hotel, a Frishman Sabich Lunch and a light dinner and drinks at ‘Brut’ wine bar, I would definitely introduce some of the galleries in the South of Tel- Aviv, and maybe a Studio visit with one of many talented local Artists. The Mesila park is always pleasant, on the way to the Tel- Aviv beach boardwalk.. and the boardwalk itself.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My education was as wide as the people I was lucky enough to witness in action. Creative people from many different fields, not necessarily the Arts. Some close to me, and some are not. There were definitely some people who saw and recognized my vision, and gave me the space and stage to realize it, and expose it. These encounters are usually life changing in the deepest sense. I never forget them, and always grateful.

Website: www.ronnycarny.com

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Image Credits
Scott Alario, Lena Gomon

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