Tuesday, November 22, 2011
7:00pm at 157 Carling Street
Join us for a free talk by artist Jason McLean, presented by the Forest City Gallery at the Michael Gibson Gallery. Jason will be discussing his current exhibition at the Gibson Gallery and ideas surrounding the collaborative practices of London based artists.
About Jason McLean Jason McLean was born in London, ON in 1971. After attending H.B. Beal Secondary School with Marc Bell and Peter Thompson, McLean graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 1997. He has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Loyal Gallery in Malmo Sweden, and at Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica. He has work in major collections throughout North America including the Museum of Modern Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Bank of Montreal Collection and the Royal Bank of Canada. In 2004 McLean was chosen by Macleans Magazine as one of the top 10 artists to watch in Canada.
Jason McLean’s drawings, paintings and sculptures are idiosyncratic visual records of his experiences, observations and perceptions. His frenetic artworks include rich annotations and carefully-researched fragments of personal and social histories. McLean’s drawings act as rhizomatic diaries that pictorially represent his relationship with local environments. His works are often described as mental maps, where samplings of his daily observations are mashed-up into antiheroic, yet poignant combinations. Working in this way, McLean uses humour to touch upon challenging subject matter, such as sadness, loss, displacement, mental illness and economic hardship.
Admission is FREE! Doors open at 6:45, Talk begins at 7pm! The Forest City Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of Brenda Fuhrman for our speakers’ series, the Michael Gibson Gallery for hosting this event, as well as the operational assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the London Arts Council and the City of London. Please note this talk will be held at: Michael Gibson Gallery 157 Carling Street London, Ontario, Canada N6A 1H5 http://www.gibsongallery.com/exhibitions/not-bad-london