Paula McCartney with new photography book releases by Leon Borensztein & Marna Clarke
February 12th, 2016 at 7:30 pm
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street (at Jones Street)
Tickets available at the door 7:00 pm or online Suggested Donation: $10.00 general admission, $5.00 students with ID
Paula McCartney makes photographs and artists’ books that explore the idea of constructed landscapes and the way that people interact with and manipulate the natural world. McCartney earned an M.F.A. in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and has received grants from the Aaron Siskind Foundation the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her work has been exhibited across the US and is included in numerous public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Museum of Modern Art’s Artist Book Collection. She has created 11 artist books since 2002. Princeton Architectural Press published her first monograph, Bird Watching, in 2010. Her second monograph, A Field Guide to Snow and Ice, was published by Silas Finch in 2014.
I am inspired by the studies of Karl Blossfeldt, James Nasmyth’s constructed lunar landscapes and August Strindberg's misinterpreted Celestographs- works by artists who collected and interpreted nature in their own peculiar ways. I use the scientific practice of collecting and organizing specimens as a starting point for my work. My books explore the intersection of art and science where I can create in the world what is missing, or reinterpret and expand the ideas of various landscapes. Influenced by traditional field guides and nature journals, the books represent my collaboration with the natural world.
Interview on wavepool:
These two Bay Area artists recently released new publications. Introductory presentations will highlight these new arrivals and will be available for acquisition and book signing after the lecture.