View of Marina, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay, Early Summer 2008, 2010
ink jet print
152 x 401.1 cm; image: 126.4 x 374.3 cm
Gift of Stephen Chetner, Calgary 2011
National Gallery of Canada (no. 2012.1)
Scott McFarland's latest work takes the cottage country of Georgian Bay as its subject, specifically the island of Sans Souci - one of the most desirable places for cottagers in the area. The name of the island, translated as "without care," evokes an ideal of cottage country, the possibility of seasonally inhabiting a "floating world" of leisure, beauty and pleasure. The artist's depiction of the site however, reveals a more ambiguous state. Sans Souci is an area of intense activity - boats, hoses, discarded plywood and fishing paraphernalia fill the image. Canadian art historical references also inform the photograph. Georgian Bay was favoured by members of the Group of Seven who painted now iconic scenes of its wind-swept pines and blue skies. McFarland continues this tradition, updating the subject in terms of contemporary Canadian culture and through modern representational means.
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