"I like photographing a specific area frequently, because I am not only exploring a space, I am also discovering how to make photographs of it that are new." 2009
By combining analogue and digital processes, artist Scott McFarland creates photographic works presenting a reality that is both truthful and fabricated. Each work, rather than being the result of a single shot, is composed of several images, carefully reworked and digitally superimposed. Private gardens, zoos, farms, the relationships between human beings, animals, and their environment, photographic processes, and the history of art and of photography are some of McFarland?s themes.
McFarland holds a bachelor?s degree in visual arts from the University of British Columbia; during his training, he studied with such well-known artists as Mark Lewis, Roy Arden, Jeff Wall, and Liz Magor. He is a member of a third generation of Vancouver artists who use the characteristics of documentary photography as a stepping-off point to investigate ideas about art and the document.
Over the last ten years, Scott McFarland has produced a number of photographic series. In the Laboratory series (2002) he examines procedures in the darkroom, while in the Gardens, Hampstead, and Empire series he addresses the relationship between human beings and the natural world. For example, Filtering, Peter Harrison Changing Water Pump Filter, Orchard View, Late Spring; Vitis vinifera, Wisteria, and Pouring, Ben Kubomiwa Treating Fountain with Potassium Permanganate, from the Garden series, draw parallels between gardening and photographic processes.
McFarland?s works are in numerous international collections, including those at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He lives and works in Vancouver.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, 24 December 1975
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106.4 x 309.4 cm; image: 76 x 279.7 cm Filtering, Peter Harrison Changing Water Pump Filter
102 x 121 cm View of Marina, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay, Early Summer 2008
152 x 401.1 cm; image: 126.4 x 374.3 cm; 68 3/8 x (103 3/4 x 2) x 1 3/4 in. (framed)