Critical Writing Index

Richard Fung: Landscapes Artist Statement

by Richard Fung

Richard Fung considers his recent work, Landscapes, at the McMaster Museum of Art. Inspired by the engravings by British artist, J.M.W. Turner, particularly his images of British landscapes after which Canadian places were named and modeled. Fascinated by the colonialism inherent in the very shape of the Canadian landscape, Fung created “Frankenstein Turners”: collages collapsing the original painting, the engravings of them, and digital video shot around Ontario. Fung also interjects small visual puns in the images, such as a “No Fishing” sign on a fence at Bluffer’s Park, to make strange landscapes often taken for granted.

ITEM 2004.140 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

ScarboroughRichard Fung

ArundelRichard Fung

WarkworthRichard Fung

Warkworth Castle, Northumberland - Thunderstorms Approaching at SunsetJ.M.W. Turner

Arundel Castle, on the River ArunJ.M.W. Turner

ScarboroughJ.M.W. Turner