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Rubber Game for the Working Class, 2010

Jason McLean
Canada, 1971
black ink and acrylic on wove paper
200 x 153 cm (approx.)
Purchased 2012
National Gallery of Canada (no. 45514)

Idiosyncratic markings and a frenetic graphic style are characteristic of Jason McLean's "mental maps" that record past and present life experiences while revealing insight into the artist's highly active mind. "Rubber Game for the Working Class" "deals with the battles of living in a larger city," suggests McLean, "with change, moving locations and time passing." He writes that "The Other Side Has Been Shown" "reflects on a point in my life when I realized that I wasn't going to live forever." The drawing recalls a traumatic surgery McLean underwent at seventeen for a collapsed lung, an experience that ultimately led to a stronger resolve and focus in his art-making.

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