Introductions: Sean McFarland
We caught up with Sean McFarland in between teaching this summer, exploring the Sierra Nevada, and coming to Project 387. Here is what he had to say about his process and his work.
1. Tell us briefly about the focus of your work.
I make photographs and drawings. I’m interested in interrogating the representational image; and revealing how it alters our perception of the landscape.
2. What themes are you currently exploring?
In the simplest terms, my practice is about looking at and actually seeing the environments that we inhabit. There are several modes of viewing the landscape—in person, through books and magazines, and through the work of others; to me, no one form of sight is more pure than another.
I am less interested in the landscape as seen by the early photographers of the American West, than in the landscapes that they created through their images.
3. What are you looking at, reading, or listening to right now that is influencing your work or process?
This week I’m working with a landscape camouflaging crew in the wilderness areas of the Eastern Sierra Nevada, just started reading Believing is Seeing (Observations on the Mysteries of Photography), by Errol Morris, music changes daily.
4. What does a typical day in the studio/office look like for you?
It’s always different.
5. Is there anything unusual that helps you stay focused while working?
Nothing too crazy, just headphones and good music.
6. What's the best advice someone has giving you about your work? The worst?
Someone once told me that I might be a magician, then asked me if that was enough. It was the best advise I’ve ever received.
7. Are you involved in any upcoming shows/events/happenings?
I’m working on a book project and an installation. I’ll keep you posted about the details.
8. Is there one particular thing you are most looking forward to at Project 387?
There are 3; work time, meeting good people, and the Pacific Ocean.