Fun fact: my godchild once took a photography class from Sean McFarland. All images are from his solo show at Eli Ridgway last year:
Nature is a mediated experience, seen more in pictures and on screens, from scenic viewpoints off the highway, than in person. Romantic images of mountains, forests and seascapes are so meticulously edited for narrative consumption that what appears on postcards is only merely suggestive of the landscape's veritable form. With this in mind, Sean McFarland presents Untitled (1948-2012), a collection of photographs and drawings presenting nature as literal artifice. Produced from the abstraction of man-made materials and elements from the natural world, the pictures of Untitled (1948-2012) highlight the continual blurring of lines between unbiased documentation and a sentimental mythologizing of terrain. McFarland manually produces compositions that imitate commonly seen tropes of landscape photography, critically examining the contemporary condition that many representations of the earth are more accurately "likenesses" of the earth.