Remote at CAM St. Louis


Chicago-based artist Jesse McLean’s witty yet empathetic videos and installations examine the manipulative power of mass media while acknowledging her own complicit role as an impressionable viewer and consumer. Through selective, deliberate editing, her works isolate uncanny moments or phenomena – like YouTube videos of people singing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” (the theme song from the 1997 film Titanic) – to uncover deeper insights into human behavior.

For her Front Room exhibition, McLean heightens the horror film genre’s classic trope of suspense. Her video Remote (2011) presents a compendium of appropriated and original imagery, along with equally banal sounds. McLean further throws the video’s atmospheric qualities into relief by installing black-painted picture frames and a black door in the gallery alongside the video. Taken together, these elements suggest how seemingly innocuous matter can become sinister and foreboding when framed within a horror-like context.

Jesse McLean: REMOTE is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition and is curated by Kelly Shindler, Assistant Curator, and organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Society of the Spectacular

I was excited to be a part of Society of the Spectacular, curated by Jake Myers of The Octagon but held at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Chicago, IL. The show includes a line-up of terrific artists.

January 14 – 27
Reception + Performances: January 27

Simulated realities, virtual landscapes and digital social networks strongly shape our daily experiences and what we perceive as reality.

Society of the Spectacular is an exhibition about our constant connection with the hyperreal.

visual simulacra:
Theo Darst
Eric Fleischauer
Todd Mattei
Jesse McLean
Aaron Orsini
Steve Ruiz
Adam Rux
Morgan Sims
Doug Smithenry

musical stimuli:
American Draft