MacLean “works with the integrity and skill of a classically trained (at the Rhode Island School of Design) wood carver; it is as if you can hear the sharpness of his gouges on the surface of all of the sculptures, creating an undulating, alive surface.”

“Through conceptual and physical investigation and repetition, MacLean challenges us to understand how issues of material, scale and color affect visual meaning.”

“His conceit of rendering a malleable, crushed object in a material that can’t be crushed, not only questions materiality…but introduces the trope of an object found on the sidewalk being elevated into refined sculpture infused with care, meaning and beauty.”

– Brian Considine, Senior Conservator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture 

J. Paul Getty Museum


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