Jason McLean at The National Gallery of Canada & KaviarFactory in Norway

Canadian and Indigenous Art: 1968 to Present

 May 3rd 2017 - April 30th 2018

Lower and Upper Contemporary Galleries
B101 to B109 and B201 to B205 

Discover the many themes and movements that have shaped Canada’s visual arts landscape since 1968. Continuing the storylines from the new Canadian and Indigenous Galleries, this special exhibition invites visitors to experience more than 150 works in all media, including sculpture, painting, video art, installation, drawing and photography. From the feminist art movement of the 1970s to present-day Inuit art, the richness of the national Canadian and Indigenous contemporary art collections is on full display. Highlights include Shary Boyle’s work on paper Untitled (the Porcelain Fantasy series), Joyce Wieland’s O Canada, and Brian Jungen’s impressive sculptures inspired by whale skeletons: Shapeshifter and Vienna.




Should you find yourself in the Arctic Circle fishing village of Henningsvær in Norway’s remote Lofoten archipelago, perhaps you will be surprised to stumble across the minimalist seafront contemporary art space, KaviarFactory. Opened to the public in 2013 by Oslo-based collectors Venke and Rolf Hoff, the building was, as its name suggests, a caviar factory—and a source of much local pride—for over 40 years before the Hoffs bought it in 2006 to keep it from being demolished. Since then, the site has played host to one exhibition per year largely comprised of works from the owners’ private collection, including a solo show of Bjarne Melgaard’s work in 2015 and, the year after, a group show of 38 female artists including Marina Abramović, Nicole Eisenman, Ceal Floyer, and Cindy Sherman.

For their 2017 exhibition, KaviarFactory probes the potential of contemporary painting practices in “Painting | or | Not,” which opens to the public May 1. It showcases the work of roughly 40 artists, who range from sculptor Angela de la Cruz and Iranian modernist Reza Bangiz, to millennial digital artists like Ryan Trecartin, Lizzie Fitch, and Paul Kneale. Additionally, the Queen of Norway  will oversee an official opening ceremony for the show on July 15. Venke Hoff chatted with ARTINFO about KaviarFactory’s history, what it means to be a painter today, and the Queen’s impending visit.


Jason McLean "Son of a Salesman" opens November 6 at Michael Gibson Gallery

Opening Reception on Saturday, November 7 from 8-10pm. 

SNAIL'S PACE, Acrylic Ink & Ink on Paper 2015, 30 x 22 in

SNAIL'S PACE, Acrylic Ink & Ink on Paper 2015, 30 x 22 in

"Son of a Salesman" features new large-scale drawings by London-born-Brooklyn-based Jason McLean.

The new drawings respond to Jason's time spent living with his family in Brooklyn, NY and explore his experiences, observations and perceptions of life living in the US.  They act as mental maps or visual diary entries that pictorially represent McLean's relationship with local environment.

One drawing tells the story of his obsessive search for celebrity autographs outside of the David Letterman show, while another weighs the pros and cons to moving from Brooklyn to Pittsburg because of lower housing costs.


Through these drawings, Jason McLean uses humour to touch upon challenging subject matter such as sadness, loss, displacement, mental illness and economic challenges.

Jason McLean was born in London, ON in 1971. After attending H.B. Beal Secondary School, McLean graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 1997.

Since 1994, Jason McLean has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Loyal Gallery in Malmo Sweden, and at Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica.

In 2012 he had a solo exhibition "If you can read my mind" at McIntosh Gallery, Western University (catalogue) and was included in Museum London's "L.O. Today" group show featuring 6 other artists & collaborators.

A Canadian art darling, McLean was chosen by Maclean's Magazine as one of the top 10 artists to watch in Canada in 2004. In 2013, McLean was the only Canadian artist selected by Canadian Art Magazine to collaborate with smart Canada to paint on a smart car that travelled across Canada. McLean has also collaborated on t-shirt designs with designer Jeremy Laing, was commissioned to paint a mural inside of the Drake Hotel on Queen Street, Toronto and co-runs the Canadian Pez Museum with his 2 sons Felix & Henry in the basement of their home.

Jason McLean has work in major collections throughout North America including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, BMO Collection, TD Bank and the Royal Bank of Canada.


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Jason Mclean // Lettuce Legs At: Cinders Hausclub in Brooklyn

Opening Reception on Saturday May 23rd 2015 7-10pm

Jason Mclean //// Lettuce Legs
At: Cinders Hausclub
700 Lorimer st. 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Cinders Gallery