The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
presents today Scott McFarland: A Cultivated View, on view through September 13, 2009. Photographer Scott McFarland creates exacting images that depict nature crafted to human will and desire. A major body of work has focused on Vancouver gardens. On one level, the photographs indicate a state of harmony and peacefulness, while on the other the overall effect appears artificial. McFarland’s works emphasize both the precarious balance between human and natural worlds and how photography’s link to reality is both true and fabricated.
Presented by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Organized in conjunction with the BC Scene programming presented by the National Arts Centre from 21 April to 3 May 2009.
Over the last decade, Scott McFarland has produced bodies of work that engage with different aspects of photography. The Laboratory (2002 continuing) series depicts photographic processes, while Cabin (2001-2004), Boathouse (2002-2006), and Berlin (2004 continuing), are studies on place and explore the interrelation of art and document.
This exhibition examines these concerns within another dominant theme in McFarland’s work; human relations with the natural world, as seen in his Gardens (2001-2006), Hampstead (2005 continuing) and Empire (2003 continuing) series. Subject matter includes gardens, landscape views, and animals found in particular sites such as zoos, farms and stables. McFarland’s approach is both descriptive and metaphoric. In addition to carefully crafting his scene, his choice and handling of subject matter incorporates elements of photographic processes and the history of art and photography.
The exhibition is organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in conjunction with the BC Scene programming presented by the National Arts Centre from 21 April to 3 May 2009.