If You Could Read My Mind: Jason McLean


If You Could Read My Mind: Jason McLean


22 x 24 cm | 9.5 × 8.5 in
93 ills | 96 pages

Contributors: David Liss, Sarah Milroy, James Patten, Christine Walde

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If You Could Read My Mind: Jason McLean features drawings, paintings and illustrations of colourful sculptures, all of which form an idiosyncratic visual record of Jason McLean’s experiences and perceptions.

More than many artists, McLean makes work that is directly related to his identity, from day-to-day thoughts, habits and activities to his travels and recent moves between cities, and to larger questions relating to health, fatherhood and his own mortality.

McLean’s complex, diaristic and surreal drawings form a characteristic narrative of the artist’s life and work in his cultural and social environment—which, as he puts it, acts as “a rhizomatic diary that pictorially represents my relationship with local environments”. McLean’s chronic mapping captures, with dazzling vertigo, his restless movements through an ever-changing terrain of cultural and social relations.

McLean has exhibited at institutions including the Vancouver Art Gallery; the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; the New Museum, New York; Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles; and ABEL Neue Kunst, Berlin. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and he is represented by both Wilding Cran Gallery and Michael Gibson Gallery.