“John MacLean seeks out parallels between a beautiful but turbulent natural landscapes, and the psychology of humans which inhabit them.“
John MacLean (b. 1969, UK) first picked up a camera at fourteen when he discovered the book American Images, featuring the work of Lee Friedlander, Lewis Baltz and John Gossage. His practice pays tribute to, and borrows various aesthetic characteristics from, those that have inspired him, whilst embarking on a unique introspection which is entirely the artist’s own. This ethos was embodied by MacLean’s Hometowns project which documents the places where his heroes – from Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriel Orozco to Robert Frank and Bridget Riley – spent their formative years. MacLean’s work is distinct in its poignancy; saturated tones and evocative everyday scenes provide an impression of the ways in which humans are shaped by their environment and vice versa.
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