Mead McLean

 
 

Shows

Selected Solo & 2-Person

2013. Studies in Control and Chaos. (with Zack Smith-Johnson). Nthº Gallery. Boone, NC.

2010. Emergent Phenomena. Gallery Blue. Savannah, GA.

2007. Threads. Nthº Gallery. Boone, NC.

2006. Fine Line. (with Suzanne Hobbs). Nthº Gallery. Boone, NC.

Selected Group

2017. Bayou City Art Festival. Downtown Houston, TX.

2017. Faculty Show. Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery, Lone Star College - Montgomery. Conroe, TX.

2017. 20Nthº: Nthº Gallery 20th Anniversary Show. Nthº Gallery. Boone, NC.

2016. Faculty Show. Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery, Lone Star College - Montgomery. Conroe, TX.

2015. Faculty Show. Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery, Lone Star College - Montgomery. Conroe, TX.

2012. Painting Painters Paint. Todd Gallery, MTSU. Murphreesboro, TN.

2010. SCAD Painting: Expressions of Application. Pinnacle Gallery. Savannah, GA.

2010. Spring Open Studio. Alexander Hall. Savannah, GA.

2009. Fall Open Studio. Alexander Hall. Savannah, GA.

2009. Spring Open Studio. Alexander Hall. Savannah, GA.

2008. Fall Open Studio. Alexander Hall. Savannah, GA.

2008. Art by Numbers. Nthº Gallery. Boone, NC.

2007. Nthº Gallery Annual Fundraiser. Nthº Gallery. Boone, NC.

2006. The Nthº Presents. The Jones House. Boone, NC.

2005. Senior Painting BFA Exhibition. Alexander Hall. Savannah, GA.

2005. Incident. Pei Ling Chan Gallery. Savannah, GA.

2004. Re-Attached. Atlantis Gallery. Savannah, GA.

2004. Natural Selections. Alexander Hall. Savannah, GA.

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Biography

From the moment I began to think for myself, I’ve been drawn towards counter-cultural movements in art, music, and writing. The results of experimental processes aren’t always so satisfying; however, occasionally they do produce original work that’s so powerful and luminous that it surpasses what’s possible within the narrow range of mass culture.

Growing up in South Carolina, my access to art was not as wide as my access to music, and I gravitated to the abstraction in Autechre and Aphex Twin and the other Warp Records artists. Coil (made up of former members of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV) with their driven sense of individuality and their belief that music could have a rejuvenating function, became increasingly important to me as I began to create art.

Lacking in training, I spent countless hours trying to draw and paint my immediate surroundings, repetitive abstractions, and copies of old masters. Seeing my fruitless attempts, an acquaintance of mine referred me to SCAD (“Hey you should go to SCAD.”), and I wound up there three months later. While there, I studied under Jason Hoelscher, Craig Drennen, Jeff Markowsky and others who helped me to expand my technical ability and increase the conceptual range of my capabilities.

Away from art school, I spent several years in the rural mountains of North Carolina making art, working, studying Tai Chi, and developing myself as a person. The artistic community in that area values craftsmanship, artisan-made objects, and materials that possess a lineage or story. These critical years of semi-retreat helped me find the core of my beliefs.

In 2014, I moved to Houston to begin teaching art, primarily drawing. I believe that anyone who develops a skill to a certain extent has a duty to pass on that knowledge, and I look for novel ways of transmitting fundamental techniques and procedures, freeing students up to create images that go beyond a naturally limited range of ideas.

Currently, through my work I try to pinpoint emotions or dilemmas that occur as a result of the minor human position in the world–both mine specifically and more generally. I tend to drift through different materials and processes while keeping to a range of themes centering around the individual’s limited range of experience within the larger forces of culture, religion, nature, and technology.

I believe that art can still have a function that is not decorative, resists commodification, and continues to expand to the outer edges of human possibility where words and thoughts are never enough.