Scott McFarland’s travels have included the famed rococo Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany, and the tiny Sans Souci island in Georgian Bay, founded by Samuel de Champlain, and the subject of several paintings by the Group of Seven. The island (in Ontario) is the subject of his latest photographs, which showed at Toronto’s Monte Clark Gallery last fall and are were recently on view at the gallery’s Vancouver location.
As Canadian Art magazine puts it in the current edition:
“McFarland’s landscapes are composites. His technique, inspired by 19th-century photography’s manipulations but executed digitally, involves blending together the same view from different times, and occasionally different seasons. The result is uncanny: two of the show’s large-format images depict the island’s marina in panoramas, which are distinctly flattened and crisply focused. McFarland has created unique editions of these images, with varying cloud patterns. Other work is taken with a pinhole camera, a nod to his interest in nascent photographic practices.”
Scott McFarland View of Marina, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay, Late Summer 2008 Ed. 1/5 2011
Top of Post: Scott McFarland’s Paddle Boat 2010 Courtesy the artist and Monte Clark Gallery
(click on photo to see full panorama at Monte Clark Gallery site)