• Rachel MacFarlane

    Moments of Light and Weather

     

    Online Exhibition

    May 24 - June 24, 2022

  • We are pleased to announce Moments of Light and Weather, an online exhibition of new paintings by New York-based, Canadian painter, Rachel MacFarlane.

     
    This presentation offers insight into one of the most important elements of MacFarlane's painting practice, the three-dimensional maquette. Throughout her career, MacFarlane has used small paper models that act as catalysts for her paintings. In recent years, they have become increasingly detailed and sophisticated as MacFarlane collects various types of paper, carefully painting, cutting and sculpting each component. The maquettes rarely leave her studio, but are a telling example of her creativity and originality.
     
    MacFarlane creates the maquettes while remembering her experiences in different landscapes. She constructs them piece by piece using her watercolour sketches and on-site note taking to trigger her memory. Recent research trips have included Austin, Texas; Sedona, Arizona; Gros Morne, Newfoundland and New Orleans, Louisiana. 
     
    A significant shift in MacFarlane's practice is her use of light. Prior to painting, she installs the maquette beside her canvas and aims a small light above it, or through cutouts she has made to mimic the sun and moon. This step allows for dramatic shadows and gives dimension to the maquettes and paintings. MacFarlane also explores different approaches to depict weather and natural phenomena. She often filters the light through coloured gels to transform the mood and feeling of her landscapes.
     
    Rachel MacFarlane was born in Ontario and has resided in New York since 2016, where she received her MFA in Painting from Rutgers University. A solo exhibition of her work, Broken Images, Where the Sun Beats, was presented at the MacLaren Art Centre in 2021-2022.

     

    For additional information, please contact Caroline Pearson, (416) 205-9000.

     

  • My process is playful and explorative, and I am often not sure which scene I will work on until I begin to draw, cut, and paint; the materials set my direction.

     

    My recent works explore two new points of interest - lighting effects and weather/natural phenomena, both of which create the feeling of moments frozen in time. Whether it’s depicting a scene that is normally a flurry of movement or re-creating a particular time of day with tiny lamps and light gels, I emphasize not only the forms of a landscape, but also its temporality. 

     

     - Rachel MacFarlane

  • Rachel MacFarlane, Resilient Growth, 2022

    Rachel MacFarlane

    Resilient Growth, 2022
    oil on canvas
    42 x 78 in. 
    During my trip to Austin, Texas I was able to visit a few gardens. The plants were just beginning to grow back after winter. I was particularly taken by the curvy and knotty trees, which intertwined around other forms and became arabesque as the wind moved them. I wanted this scene to feel full of life, like a performance of these different plants illuminated by the open skies above.
     
    - Rachel MacFarlane
     
    • Rachel MacFarlane A Bayou Soliloquy, 2022 oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.
      Rachel MacFarlane
      A Bayou Soliloquy, 2022
      oil on canvas
      40 x 30 in.
      $ 6,000.00
    • Rachel MacFarlane The Change, 2022 oil on canvas 40 x 30 in.
      Rachel MacFarlane
      The Change, 2022
      oil on canvas
      40 x 30 in.
      $ 6,000.00
  • 'The Change' [above] is based on trees in the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York, where I was hiking in late summer. I explored an interior forest at a site called Goose Pond, which had been badly burnt by a fire. A rust orange color had overtaken the area where the trees had begun to regrow.


    In this work, I wanted to capture the elegant resilience and power of trees. I’m interested in visions of a futuristic landscape, uninterrupted by human geo-engineering or damage, where trees and plants slowly creep toward re-dominance.

     

    Rachel MacFarlane

     

  • Rachel MacFarlane, Morning Beacon, 2022

    Rachel MacFarlane

    Morning Beacon, 2022 oil on canvas
    72 x 60 in.
  • Rachel MacFarlane, Blood Moon, 2022

    Rachel MacFarlane

    Blood Moon, 2022
    oil on canvas on wood panel
    18 x 24 in.
    A few years ago I completed a residency at Doris McCarthy’s Fool's Paradise, which looks out over the Scaraborough Bluffs in Ontario. From my vantage point on site I saw the most glowing rich sunsets. In this work, I am imaging a blood moon overtaking the bluffs, in a hot dramatic landscape. The scene that is set is foreboding, mysterious and even a bit romantic.
     
    - Rachel MacFarlane
  • Rachel MacFarlane was born in Scarborough, Ontario in 1986 and currently lives and works in New York City. MacFarlane attended...
    Rachel macfarlane in Clearwater, MB at the Harvest Moon Society Residency

    Rachel MacFarlane was born in Scarborough, Ontario in 1986 and currently lives and works in New York City. MacFarlane attended the Ontario College of Art and Design and completed her MFA at Rutgers University in 2016. MacFarlane was awarded the 2019 and 2021 Canada Arts Council Explore and Create Grant, the 2019 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence, the NSCAD Robert Pope Artist Residency, the Triangle Artists Workshop residency, NYC, the Vermont Studio Center Residency and was a visiting artist at Cow House Studios, Ireland. She received the Drawing and Painting medal from OCAD University and the Rutgers Mason Gross Dean’s Choice Award. MacFarlane's work is in the collections of the Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank and the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto.