San Francisco

Sean McFarland

Jack Hanley Gallery

Using a dramatic depth of field characterized by sharp foregrounds and blurry backgrounds, Sean McFarland makes images that are part theatrical gesture and part document. His pictures reduce generic, albeit picturesque, cityscapes to the scale of a model train set. The sixteen pictures—all untitled, 20 x 20 inch C-prints made between 2003 and 2004—often depict identifiable locations in San Francisco. One daytime street scene, for example, shows a block not far from the gallery and captures the tension of encroaching gentrification. Depicting a row of crumbling buildings, one faced with scaffolding, it features such contrasting elements as a sleek black car parked next to a bright blue Portaloo. The scene is shot from above, perhaps from atop a building across the street. But the atmosphere is farther away from reality. This image, like most in the exhibition, seems toylike, but

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