Mac McArthur lives and works in a schoolhouse a few hours east of Toronto. He has 3 scanners … Brother MFC5460, Epson Perfection 4490 and Epson V-700 … with varying optical density and depth of field. Many of his images use sculptures he has collected in his travels.
The prints in his 2008 Montreal solo exhibition "Un chuchotement du Gandhara" focus mainly on Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe. Gandhara in modern Pakistan/ Afghanistan was a melting pot of sculptural influences. The title image combines a Buddha from Agra with Shona work. Also featured in the exhibition was the nontych "The Cliff" which has been animated as a short anti-war film on Youtube.
Currently McArthur is expanding his scanner work to include glass mannequin hands, mirrors, water, direct sunlight and flashlights but continues to create images in a single pass of the scanner bar without using collage techniques. His work hangs in private collections in Montreal, Vancouver and Brussels.