SCOTT MCFARLAND "OPUNTIA TOMENTOSA" 2006
Scott McFarland (Canadian, b.1975) is the most successful conceptual photographer from the third generation of artists associated with “The Vancouver School.” During his BFA at UBC, McFarland studied alongside acclaimed artists including Roy Arden and Liz Magor, and worked as a studio assistant to Jeff Wall.
McFarland’s large-format photographs combine multiple analog exposures in a single frame. His fabricated tableaus depict multiple moments of truth over a duration of time. Their content is based on reality, however, they are not made in an instant.
"Opuntia Tomentosa" features a scene of exotic cactus plants and palm trees densely tangled under the radiant California sun. The composition has a visceral quality, capturing an abundant experience of the natural environment.
This image is from McFarland's "Empire" series, an exploration of gardens and the gestures of those who sustain them. The project led him to new terrain south of the border, the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.
At first glance, the lush photographs of plants seem simply beautiful, yet their complexity lies in Mcfarland’s meticulous framing and composite process. The artist poses a metaphor between the constructed landscapes and his constructed photographs.
McFarland has exhibited internationally and his work is represented in numerous major collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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Digital pigment print
From an edition of 3
Signed in ink, titled, dated by the artist, verso.
13"H 16.25”W (image)
24.5”H 27.25”W (framed)
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