John Massey


Some viewers comment that the anonymous and generic luxury car interrupts the landscape in this image...

This is exactly the point of this subversive and cheeky conceptual photograph from John Massey's series: "This Land (The Photographs)"

A scathing comment on our contemporary relationship with nature - which is more and more experienced (if not eclipsed by) luxury goods and consumerism. 

In this work, a paradigm of digital photography, we have an impossible image with everything, both the foreground and the background landscape in perfect focus. 

Remarkably this work is nearly a decade old, yet is still impactful, fresh and relevant.

John Massey (b. 1950) is one of Canada's most innovative visual artists working in photo and video.

Massey has had numerous exhibitions internationally including solo shows at the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and MoMA P.S.1 

Massey has won numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Gershon Iskowitz Prize for lifetime achievement in 2001.

His photographs can be found in the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the National Gallery to mention a few. 

Additional images available on request. 

Questions about this piece? Contact us or call +1.416.704.1720

Canada, 2005

34.75"W 27.5"H

1 from an Edition of 3

Archival digital print.

Artist studio label signed verso. 


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