Sean McFarland

American, born 1976

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Sean McFarland

American, born 1976

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Sean McFarland’s landscape photographs are equal parts theater and documentary. McFarland combines and layers images and mediums to create scenes that are at once convincing and impossible. Sometimes the photographs are taken from nature in such a way that the subject is not immediately recognizable, and other times McFarland creates the set in his studio. He works with various photographic processes, including Polaroid, cyanotypes, and photograms, in combination with digital manipulation; for other works, he uses impromptu filters, like chipped ballistics glass, to create abstract effects. McFarland sometimes creates graphite drawings based on his photographs, and includes the photograph’s borders in his re-renderings. He identifies most strongly with photographic experimenters James Casebere and Thomas Demand.

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Biography

Sean McFarland’s landscape photographs are equal parts theater and documentary. McFarland combines and layers images and mediums to create scenes that are at once convincing and impossible. Sometimes the photographs are taken from nature in such a way that the subject is not immediately recognizable, and other times McFarland creates the set in his studio. He works with various photographic processes, including Polaroid, cyanotypes, and photograms, in combination with digital manipulation; for other works, he uses impromptu filters, like chipped ballistics glass, to create abstract effects. McFarland sometimes creates graphite drawings based on his photographs, and includes the photograph’s borders in his re-renderings. He identifies most strongly with photographic experimenters James Casebere and Thomas Demand.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
group
Group show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Shows Featuring Sean McFarland
Articles Featuring Sean McFarland
Sean McFarland’s “Glass Mountains”
Nov 11th, 2013
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