February 2 - March 9, 2019
February 2, 2019: Artists Talk, 3:00 - 4:00pm • Opening Reception, 4:00 - 5:00pm
CAS Arts Center, 48 Main Street, Livingston Manor, New York
Mermer Blakeslee &
Negotiating the Gnarly began when a line from one of Blakeslee's poems jumped off the page and landed as a title on one of McLean's drawings. A third thing happened: the words and the image were both transformed by the force field of the other.
The series ‘Nocturne for 17-18’ has been informed by observations of plumes of industrial smoke, exhaust, and the tendrils of smoke rising from rural burn barrels. Smoke obliterates, smothers, cleanses, carries portent and metaphor, pollutes, and transforms. A prolonged meditation on environmental risk and political dismay has motivated these paintings.
My paintings are problems that I construct for myself and try to solve through exploration and experimentation. Formal decisions bounce back and forth, the past and present are analyzed; this process creates a visual recording and evidence of decision making. The surface I work with becomes a "wearing down" of time, a form of weathering an articulation of memory.