Carter lives and works in New York. Carter’s works – typically photographic collages or dense, layered, ink drawings – are a form of deflected (or defective) self-portraiture. Carter’s works on paper are assembled – in a manner akin to a police “Identikit” image, or a “Mr. Potato Head” figure – from pre- drawn fragments that depict bodily parts and ****** characteristics (profiles, hair styles, moustaches, beards, noses, ears, mouths, eyes, etc.), and invariably make reference to the artist’s own physiognomy. As in his photographic collages – in which two images, often Polaroid or passport-style portraits of the artist are literally juxtaposed one on top of another: with details from one image ‘infecting’ or ‘corrupting’ the other – Carter’s drawing seek to obscure, or confuse, notions of self-identity (and identification).

Like Arnulf Rainer’s psychologically charged, modified photographic self-portraits, Carter’s visceral work presents human identity (and sexuality) as kind of mask: a series of options, or variables, that not only reveal our culture’s fascination for body augmentation (e.g. TV’s ‘Nip/Tuck’) but also reveal our profound unease with the body. Carter’s work references a time when these “options” weren’t options, but rather necessities in the construction of the closet, as in Rock Hudson’s 1966 film, “Seconds.” There, plastic surgery transforms Hudson’s character from straight-laced, Manhattanite businessman into an artist living in Malibu, CA. The new Rock is an idealized portrait, cobbled together from disparate, altered parts. It is this type of dissemblance that is referenced in Carter’s collaged drawings and Polaroids.



• Hotel Gallery, London

• White Room, White Columns, New York, NY


• Carter, Drawings and Polaroids, Richard Dadd Gallery, St. Paul


• Conversation Piece, Southern Exposure, San Francisco


• Bring in the Actual Photo, Four Walls Gallery, San Francisco



• Faculty 2000, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore

• The Future of the Body, Richmond Art Center, Oakland


• All of Me, New Langton Arts, San Francisco

• SAP: The Residue of the San Francisco Art Scene, Lanai Motel/Four Walls Gallery, SF, CA

• Covert Pleasures, New Langton Arts, San Francisco

• Spoon Full of Sugar, Southern Exposure, San Francisco


• Introductions, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco

• New Work, Four Walls Gallery, San Francisco

• Deep Forest, Four Walls, San Francisco


• Big Bundle of Joy, Pence Gallery, Davis


• Skowhegan Annual Exhibition


• Word and Image, Bauhouse Gallery, Baltimore


• Miniature Art, Art Gallery of Fell’s Point, Baltimore


Carter uses abstracted drawing as a means of investigation into the shifting concepts of the human body and personal identity. In Untitled, Carter presets a diptych of two rivalling fields of blob-like specimens, each self-contained like Petri dishes nurturing biological mutation. Using his own features as a control for experimentation, Carter’s two panels show subtle variations of the same forms, his abject and non-descript shapes converge as a catalogue of physical possibilities: eyes, lips, noses, and hairstyles float as disembodied samples for ****** alteration, while geometric patterns clinically emerge as cell structures, globular tissue, or rough landscapes ripe for cultivation.

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