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Scott McFarland lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His works are included in public collections such as the MoMA, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the SFMoMA, the Walker Art Center, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2014, the Art Gallery of Ontario exhibited McFarland’s solo exhibition “Snow, Shacks, Streets, Shrubs” which surveyed his recent work, and other major surveys were presented at the National Gallery of Canada (2009) and the Vancouver Art Gallery (2009).

 

Vancouver, BC, Canada b. 1975

 

Education

 

University of British Columbia, 1997

 

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

 

2023 — Night Ship, Blouin Division, Toronto ON

2021 — Photo London 2021, Photon Gallery, London

2019 — Shattered Glass, Choi & Lager Gallery, Cologne

2019 — Five Pictures, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC

2018 — Scott McFarland, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC

2017 — Sky Leaks, Fort Gansevoort, New York

2017 — Thinking About a Picture, Division Gallery, Montreal QC

2016 — Duration Photographs, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC

2014 — Scott McFarland: Shacks, Snow, Streets, Shrubs, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON

2014 — Simultaneous Contrasts, Regen Projects, Los Angeles

2012 — Winter Retreating Spring Offence, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC

2011 — Sans Souci, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC

2010 — Scott McFarland, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto ON

2009 — Sugar Shack, Union Gallery, London

2009 — Scott McFarland, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

2009 — Scott McFarland, Regen Projects, Los Angeles

2009 — A Cultivated View, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON

2008 — New Works, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto ON

2007 — Works on Paper, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC and Toronto ON

2007 — Works on Paper, Regen Projects, Los Angeles

2007 — Works on Paper, Union Gallery, London

2005 — Another Photography, Regan Projects, Los Angeles

2005 — Analyzing Trapping Inspecting, Union Gallery, London

2004 — Gardens, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC and Toronto ON

2003 — Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

2003 — Boathouse, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto ON

2002 — Scott McFarland, Sharon Essor Gallery, London

2002 — Photonomena, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto ON

2002 — A Weird Science, Evan Lee and Scott McFarland, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC

2001 — Cabin, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC

2000 — Scott McFarland and Owen Kydd, Anodyne Gallery, Vancouver BC

1999 — Cabin, Torstrasse 102, Berlin

1998 — Scott McFarland, OR Gallery, Vancouver BC

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2023 — Energy: Sparks from the Collection, V&A South Kensington, London

2021 — A Handful of Dust: from the Cosmic to the Domestic, National Center of Photography and Images, Taiwan
2021 — Ecologies: A Song For Our Planet, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
2020 — A Handful of Dust, curated by David Campany, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto ON

2019 — A Handful of Dust, curated by David Campany, Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver BC

2016 — Trove: A View of Toronto in 50 of its Treasures, Luminato Festival, Hearn Generating Station, Toronto ON

2016 — About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA

2016 — Counterpoints: Photography Through the Lens of Toronto Collections, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, University of Toronto Art Centre, Toronto ON

2015 — Eye to Eye, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver BC

2014 — Cindy Sherman Meets Dzunuk’wa: From the Michael and Inna O’Brian Collection, Satellite Gallery, Vancouver BC

2014 — Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON

2014 — You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me, Oakville Galleries, Oakville ON

2013 — Installation alongside The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim, 1910-1918, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON

2013 — Transitions, presented by No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment, Toronto International Airport, Toronto ON

2012 — Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON

2012 — 20 YEARS, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC

2012 — Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto ON

2011 — Capture, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto ON

2011 — Our Origins, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

2011 — The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

2011 — Down the Garden Path, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC

2011 — SALON, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC

2010 — It Is What It Is: Recent Acquisitions of New Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON

2010 — Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2009 — Clark & Faria Presents, Toronto ON

2008 — Garden of Eden, Statdtische Galerie, Bietighem-Bissingen, Germany

2007 — Garden of Eden, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany

2007 — Acting the Part: Photography as Theatre, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

2007 — Re-Envisioning Habitat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville ON

2007 — New Photography 2007, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2007 — The Constructed Image: Photographic Culture, Museum or Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto ON

2007 — Hybrid, Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto ON

2007 — Crack the Sky, Biennale de Montreal 2007, Montreal QC

2007 — Sound and Vision, Centre culturel canadien, Paris

2006 — Grid Matrix, Midred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis

2006 — Landscape Photographs Recent Acquisitions, Musuem of Modern Art, New York

2006 — A History of Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2006 — Sound and Vision, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal QC

2006 — Boys with Flowers, Western Bridge, Seattle

2006 — Faking Death, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

2006 — Clickdoubleclick, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany / Bozar, Brussels catalogue

2005 — Real Pictures, Photographs from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

2005 — Buccolica, Wallspace Gallery, New York

2005 — Intertidal, Art from Vancouver, MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium

2005 — The Space of Making, Neuer Berliner Kunstverien, Berlin / Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, Kunstsammlungen der Stadtischen Museen Zwickau, Stadtiche Galerie Waldraiburg, Germany

2005 — Variations on the Picturesque, Kicthener Waterloo Art Gallery

2004 — Fabulation, curated by Marie Fraser, VOX, Montreal QC

2004 — Everything Gone Green, Photography and the Garden., National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford, England

2004 — Important Canadian Art, Zeihersmith Gallery, New York

2003 — Various Properties, Recent Acquisitions, morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

2003 — A Proposal for an Exhibition, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto ON

2002 — elsewhere, WBD, Berlin

2002 — Imago Exhibition, Salamanca, Spain

2001 — Roy Arden, Scott McFarland, Howard Ursuliak, Stephen Waddell, Jeff Wall, Monte Clark Gallery, Toronto ON

2001 — These Days, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

2001 — Vancouver Collects, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

1999 — After Photography, curated by Roy Arden, Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver BC

1998 — Edgecity, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC

 

Selected Bibliography

 

2018 — Scott McFarland, ArtForum, May 2018 by Ara Osterweil

2016 — Luminato’s Trove Shines Light on Toronto’s Little Known Treasures, Globe and Mail, June 3, 2016, by James Adams

2014 — Toronto Photographer McFarland Focuses on the Medium, Toronto Star, May 5 2014, by Murray Whyte

2014 — Variations on a Scene: photographer Scott McFarland’s new AGO show, Globe and Mail, May 2014, by James Adams

2006 — Grid Matrix (catalogue), Mildred Lane Kemper Museum, St Louis

2006 — Clickdoubleclick (catalogue), Haus der Kunst, Munich

2005 — Real Pictures, Photographs from the collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft

2005 — Intertidal (catalgoue), MuHKA, Belgium

2005 — Scott McFarland, ArtReview, April 2005, by Sarah Harrison

2005 — The Empire Grows Back, Broder Crossings no. 94, Summer 2005, by Lee Henderson

2005 — The Space of Making, Zeitgenossische Fotokunst Aus Kanada, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, by Marie-Josee Jean

2005 — Doubtful Realisms and Paradisiacal Gains, Image and Imagination, Montreal, by Martha Langford

2005 — Artist’s Project, Image and Inscription, an Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Photography, YYZ Books, edited by Robert Bean

2005 — Garden Designs, Source 42, Spring 2005, by Neil Shirreff

2004 — Zeitgenossische Fotokunst Aus Kanada (catalogue), NBK, Berlin

2004 — Artist’s Project, Canadian Art, Summer 2004

2004 — Ten Artists who Rock, Maclean’s Magazine January 12, 2004 by Sharon Doyle Driedger

2004 — Important Canadian Art (catalogue), ZieherSmith Gallery, New York, by Lee Henderson

2004 — Nothing is Perfect in Shangri-La, the Globe and Mail, November 19 2004, by Sarah Milroy

2004 — Nocturnes, Contemporary no. 62, 2004, by Sarah Thornton

2004 — More Plant Matters, Source 39, Summer 2004, by Rae Ines

2004 — Everything’s Gone Green: Photography and the Garden, Archive, National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Archive Publication, by Penny Skerrett

2003 — Coastal Cabin (catalogue), Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

2003 — Photographs have a Cape Fear quality, The Globe and Mail, September 20 2003, by Gary Michael Dault

2003 — Photographic Shows Work in Remembrance of Things Past, The Toronto Star, February 27, 2003 , by Peter Goddard

2003 — A Proposal for an Exhibition, Canadian Art, Spring 2003, by Lorissa Sengara

2003 — Wall and Void, Modern Painters Magazine, Summer 2003, by Michael Turner

2002 — Imago 2002 (catalogue), Salamanca, Spain

2002 — A Proposal for an Exhibition, Monte Clark Gallery, by Claudia Beck

2001 — Onward and Upward, the Globe and Mil, August 13, 2001 by Sarah Milroy

2001 — Art of Global Importance, the Vancouver Sun, May 5 2001, by Michael Scott

2001 — Garden Optics, CV Photo, no 54. Montreal, by Christopher Brayshaw

2001 — Cabin, C Magazine, Winter 2001, by Christopher Brayshaw

2000 — Artist’s Project, Adbusters no. 29

2000 — After Photography, Canadian Art, December 2000, by Roy Arden

1999 — Late Light, Canadian Art, Fall 1999, by Michael Scott

1999 — After Photography (catalgoue), Monte Clark Gallery Vancouver BC, by Roy Arden

1999 — Reticence in Photography is Good, interview with Jeff Wall, The Globe and Mail, November 6, 1999, by Blake Gopnik

1999 — Artist’s Project, National Post, January 13 1999

1998 — Edgecity (catalogue), Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey BC, by Christopher Brayshaw

 

Catalogues and Publications

 

2015 — Baker, George, Ann Goldstein, Matzan Michael, and Shaun Caley Regen, Regen Projects 25. New York: Prestel

2014 — Scott, Kitty, Urs Stahel and James Welling Scott McFarland: Snow, Shacks, Streets, Shrubs, Toronto : The Art Gallery of Ontario & Koenig Books

2012 — Anderson, Heather, Andrea Kunard, Christine Lalonde, Jonathan Shaughnessy and Ann Thomas, Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012, published by National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

2010 — Wolf, Sylvia, The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, New York: Prestel Publishing, 2010, pg. 128

2009 — Kunard, Andrea, Scott McFarland: A Cultivated View, Ottawa: Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography

2009 — Grant Arnold; Picture Work, pg 9-35, Martin Barnes; The Sky in Sympathy, pg 77-89, Vincent Honore; Time Surfacing, pg 60-61, Eva Respini; New Hybrids, pg 46-51, Shep Steiner; The Responsibility of Photography, pg 93-105, Scott McFarland The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

2007 — Baerwald, Wayne, Crack the Sky: La Biennale de Montreal, Montreal: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal

2006 — Weski, Thomas, ed. Click Doubleclick: The Documentary Factor, Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung, Walter König

2006 — Eckmann, Sabine and Koepnick, Lutz, Grid <> Matrix, St. Louis, MO: Mildred Lane Kemper Museum, Washington University

2006 — Demos, TJ, Vitamin PH: New Perspectives in Photography, London: Phaidon Press Limited

2006 — Aquin, Stéphanie, David Moos, and Kitty Scott, Sound and Vision: Photographic and Video Images in Contemporary Canadian Art, Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Art

2005 — Bogusky, Alf, Karen Henry, and Kare Love, Varations on the Picturesque, Kitchner-Waterloo, ON: Kitchehner-Waterloo Art Gallery

2005 — Jean, Marie-Josée, The Space of Making, ZeitgenossischeFotokunstAusKanada, Berlin: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein

2005 — Roelstraete, Dieter and Scott Watson, eds. Intertidal: Vancouver Art and Artists, Antwerp:

MuHKA, Belgium

2005 — Langford, Martha ed. Doubtful Realisms and Paradisiacal Gains, Image & Imagination, Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press

2005 — Bean, Robert ed. Image and Inscription, An Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Photography, Toronto: YYZ Books

2005 — Grant, Arnold. Real Pictures, Photographs from the Collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery

2004 — Henderson, Lee, Important Canadian Art, New York: Ziehersmith Gallery

2003 — Shier, Reid, Kydd, Owen, Woods, Bill, Coastal Cabin, Vancouver: Contemporary Art Gallery

2002 — Imago 2002, Salamanca, Spain

2002 — Beck, Claudia, A Proposal for an Exhibition, Vancouver: Monte Clark Gallery

1999 — Arden, Roy, After Photography, Vancouver: Monte Clark Gallery

 

Collections

 

Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo NY

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON

Canadian Museum of Photography, Ottawa ON

Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain

Ellipse Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal

Glenbow Museum, Calgary AB

Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

JM Barnicke Gallery, Harthouse, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

K21, Düsseldorf, Germany

Mendal Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal QC

Morris & Helen Belkin Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago

Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal QC

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa ON

National Museum of Photography & Film, Bradford, England

Oakville Gallery, Ontario, Canada

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN