Artwork by Jason McLean,  I Saw Wilt

Jason McLean
I Saw Wilt

mixed media collage on saw
signed “Jason McLean NY” and dated 2015
24 x 5 x 1 ins ( 61 x 12.7 x 2.5 cms ) ( overall )

Sold for $944.00
Sale date: September 26th 2018

Private Collection
McLean’s mixed media works are idiosyncratic, autobiographical visual records of his experiences and perceptions. His drawings and found object sculptures act as rhizomatic diaries that pictorially represent fragments of personal and social histories and his relationship to local environments. Often described as mental maps, works like “I Saw Wilt” integrate the artist’s daily observations as a Canadian expat with found materials: text clippings, commemorative postage stamps of American basketball star Wilt Chamberlain, and a scavenged saw. Inspired by Canadiana folk-art traditions, “I Saw Wilt” concerns McLean’s identity as a Canadian artist living in Brooklyn (“home” and “away”) through the intersection of art and sport. McLean has worked with saw forms since receiving his first commission for a painted found object from a neighbour while living in Vancouver; they have been featured in magazines such as “Border Crossings” and in exhibitions throughout Italy, the United States, and Canada.

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Jason McLean

Born in London, Ontario in 1971, Jason McLean is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Using humour to touch upon challenging subject matter such as sadness, loss, displacement, and economic hardship, the Brooklyn-based artist’s diverse practice includes drawings, sculptures, book works, zines, sound pieces, correspondence art, puppetry, and performance. Since 1994, he has exhibited nationally and internationally, with shows at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Vancouver Art Gallery; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax; Loyal Gallery, Malmo, Sweden; Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica; and Franklin Parrish Gallery and Zieher Smith Gallery, New York. His works are held in major institutions throughout North America including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Vancouver Art Gallery; and the collections of the Bank of Montreal, the Royal Bank of Canada, and TD Bank Group. McLean is represented by Michael Gibson Gallery in London, Ontario; Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles; and Back Gallery Project, Vancouver.