Sean McFarland: Landscape photography as failed record

Artist Sean McFarland considers why we continuously attempt to capture nature through photography. Unpacking his own photographic works, the 2017 SECA Art Award winner discusses the medium's inherent inadequacy as a means of representing the landscape, as well as the genre's problematic cultural legacies.

2017 SECA Art Award

July 15–September 17, 2017

The 2017 SECA Art Award exhibition highlights five Bay Area artists, each with a dedicated gallery, in their first major museum presentations: Liam Everett, Alicia McCarthy, Sean McFarland, K.r.m. Mooney, and Lindsey White.

Picturing the Environment

Whether expressing their love for nature or dismay over its degradation at the hands of humans, these artists use their art practices to preserve what may soon be destroyed, or to call attention to something that may yet be saved. Journey with them through the Pacific Northwest, postindustrial Germany, suburban Mexico, and beyond as we examine how artists picture the environment.

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