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View of Marina, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay, Late Summer 2008Enlarge image

View of Marina, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay, Late Summer 2008, 2011

Scott McFarland
Canadian, 1975
ink jet print
152 x 401.1 cm; image: 126.4 x 374.3 cm
Purchased 2012
National Gallery of Canada (no. 2012.2)

This large-scale photograph pairs with another "Sans Souci" print by Scott McFarland, on view in contemporary gallery B102. Both works initially appear identical, as the artist composed each from the same perspective of a marina in Georgian Bay. The artist was interested in tracking the changing atmospheric and physical conditions of this place, which is frequented by urbanites seeking respite and leisure in the summer months. "Sans Souci" - the name explorer Samuel de Champlain gave to a group of islands in the region - translates as "without care," which, as McFarland explains "could be re-interpreted to express something about the state and condition of the place itself."

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