Wilding Cran Gallery: Jason McLean “Soda Gardner”

Wilding Cran Gallery is pleased to announce Soda Gardner, a solo exhibition of new work by Brooklyn based artist Jason McLean.

Soda Gardner will be on view January 17 – February 28, 2015 and will include several mixed media works that combine drawing and collage with found objects, such as a military grade helmet, wooden doors, presidential imagery and vintage ephemera.

During a brief and transitional stay in Los Angeles in 2014, McLean created works that explore history and relate it to recent memory.  Soda Gardner, his first solo show with Wilding Cran, will present drawings and mixed-media works that he created during his time in Los Angeles, as well as new work from his studio in Brooklyn.  McLean’s experience in Los Angeles inspired him with a renewed spirit towards art making which is revealed in this exhibition.

His diverse practice as an artist has included drawing, sculpture, installation, sound performance, zines, and mail art. Using multiple mediums, such as pencil, felt marker, acrylic and pastels, McLean records his daily experiences, observations and personal stories. He works with a range of surfaces, from paper and papier maché to found objects such as baseball gloves and shoes. His drawings are often described as mental maps.

Jason McLean was born in 1971 in London, Ontario. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997 from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. His work has been exhibited internationally at Colette, Paris; Richard Heller Gallery, LosAngeles; Mother’s Tank Station, Dublin, Ireland; Bee Studios, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Neon Gallery, Brosarp, Sweden; Spencer-Brownstone Gallery, New York; Franklin Parrasch, New York; Abel Neue Kunst Gallery, Berlin; Perugi Art Contemporenea, Padova, Italy; and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice among other institutions and galleries.

McLean received the Vancouver Arts Award in 2004. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto for the upcoming Jean Michael Basquiat retrospective. He is also working on a book with Black Dog Publishing.


Wilding Cran Gallery
939 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA,  90021

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