FHU Brings in Memphis Artist for Exhibition
A recent graduate of the University of Memphis will be showing some of his work in the Troy Plunk Art Gallery at Freed-Hardeman University. Ross McLean, who graduated with an MFA in painting in May 2011, will have his works displayed Sept. 13-Oct. 13 with an opening reception Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
While his degree is in painting, McLean also experiments with charcoal drawings, and his show will include several works in both mediums. According to McLean, the works expose a theme of “living with uncertainty and the anxiety that accompanies that.” In addition, the show confronts the human desire to control the uncertainty and fears that individuals often have no control over.
Brian Bundren, instructor of art at Freed-Hardeman University and former graduate classmate of McLean, describes McLean’s works as “surrealists narratives.” McLean’s representational techniques mimic naturalism but with a more surreal or graphic style.
This show coordinates with an effort of the FHU art department faculty to bring in recent graduates from nearby universities for exhibitions. The art department hopes that exposure to individuals regarded as their contemporaries will afford FHU students a glimpse into higher education and where to take their work in the future.
Following his opening reception, McLean will be conducting a special Question-and-Answer session for the Freed-Hardeman students who choose to stay and meet the artist personally.