Katie Hood Morgan

Sean McFarland: Untitled Landscapes (California)
August 20 - September 19, 2010
Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Curated by Katie Hood Morgan

The Adobe Books Backroom Gallery is pleased to present a new installation by artist Sean McFarland. A fourth-generation Californian, McFarland calls up the history of Western landscape painting with a grid of hundreds of miniature landscapes, covering an entire wall of the gallery. Yet the perceived preciousness of these scenes is deceiving. What appear to be hundreds of tiny landscape paintings are actually photographs painstakingly mounted and coated with wax. He has stated that his images of the landscape are, in fact, "pictures of us;" alterations we make to the landscape reflect changes within us. Untitled Landscapes (California) is an investigation into California's unique landscape and an elegiac collection of images that attempt to hold onto wilderness and vanishing open spaces. McFarland's images of roadside landscaping and pocket parks reflect on his desire, though futile, to make beloved souvenirs of these rare places.

An artist-made zine in an edition of 50 will be available for sale at the reception and throughout the run of the show. Please check the gallery blog adobebooksbackroom.blogspot.com for upcoming events that will accompany this exhibition.

Sean McFarland's work is in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art Library, the Oakland Museum of California, the University of California, Davis, and Humboldt State University. He is the recipient of the 2009 Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers, the 2009 Kala Fellowship from the Kala Institute and the 2009 John Gutmann Fellowship Award. Sean McFarland is represented by Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco.

San Francisco Chronicle's Kenneth Baker reviewed the exhibition. Link.