Sean McFarland at Stephen Wirtz Gallery

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Just one floor below Jessica Dickinson’s show, Sean McFarland, a local Bay Area artist had a solo show at Stephen Wirtz Gallery. While a few images were traditional gelatin silver prints, the great majority were monochromatic dye diffusion transfer prints and cyanotypes. By using these uncommon printing methods, McFarland created small, washed-out, intimate prints – a nice contrast in an age where most contemporary photographers are printing as large and as loud as possible using digital technology. Unlike them, his quiet technique encourages the viewer to stop, look closer for details and to have a more intimate experience with his work.

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