Brief Bio: Paul McLean is an artist & writer based in Astoria [OR]. His primary specialty is 4th Dimensional practice [4D], including theory, production, multi-sector applications, perceptual behavior & effects, + more. Art for humans [AFH] is the web platform he has maintained since 2001 for presenting networked digital art, archives, texts + more. AFH is linked to numerous art projects.


2009-Present: Ph.D. Media and Communications candidate, European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland
2008 M.A., Arts & Cultural Management, Drucker/Ito School of Finance, Claremont Graduate University
2007 M.F.A., Digital Media Concentration, Claremont Graduate University; Claremont, CA
1986 B.A. English, Fine Arts Concentration, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
2018: "HOME SHOW," Astoria, OR
2018: "4D VyNIL," AFHstudioBK," Brooklyn, NY
2016: "For Paris," Wild Heart Salon, Bushwick/Brooklyn, NYC, NY
2014: “Old Hick & A Big Bang,” David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, TN
2013: “Fallacies of Hope,” SLAG Gallery, Bushwick/Brooklyn, NYC, NY
2012: “NO MAS: Occupational Art School;” Co-Lab Projects, Austin, TX
2011: “Struggle, Mission, Task;” Hotel Metropol, Saas-Fee, Switzerland (EGS)
2008-10: [At] “MGT;” “Song of the Bush;” “I Love You, Monster” (New Paintings); “ARTSTAR;” “Vision + Beauty;” “How To Start a Collective in a Recession;” “Notes on Dimensional Time;” “There’s No Art in Hell;” “Cali Car Culture;” plus many others
2008: “Content5,” Yarger|Strauss Contemporary Art, Beverly Hills, CA
2007: “Content4,” MFA Thesis expo, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA; “Lula #1: Super Lucky #1,” ART FOR HUMANS GALLERY CHINATOWN; Los Angeles, CA; “Content,” ART FOR HUMANS GALLERY CHINATOWN; Los Angeles, CA; “Patterns #1,” ART FOR HUMANS GALLERY CHINATOWN; Los Angeles, CA; “Patterns #2,” ART FOR HUMANS GALLERY CHINATOWN; Los Angeles, CA
2006: “Seven Episodes;”Claremont Graduate University Installation Gallery; Claremont, CA
2005: “A Prayer For Clean Water, Parts I-III”; St. Edward’s University Fine Arts Gallery; Austin, TX; “Overflow Show”; Pump Project at Shady Tree Studios; Austin, TX
2004: “Entry”; Gallery Lombardi; Austin, TX
2003: “Eureka!”; Guider House; Nashville, TN; “Homage”; Eureka City Hall; Eureka, CA; “Eureka”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Dress Rehearsal”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Little Girl”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Corrupted”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Digital Prints form Seam”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Snowhaus”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Solace”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy)
2002: “D.I.G. Through V”; Downtown Presbyterian Church; Nashville, TN; “Give Away”; Guider House; Nashville, TN; “Last Call”; AFH Studio; Nashville, TN; “Dance Theatre School”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Little Girl”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Lightboxes”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Haunted”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Prick”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “RX”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Creativity Pays “; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Incidence”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Road Show 2: Afterburn”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Music for the Mind”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Skin and Ink”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Road Show”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Opening Credits”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Conversations at TAG”; Art for Humans (HTML by Shane Kennedy); “Portraits”; New Media and performance; 33rd Nashville Independent Film Festival; Nashville, TN; “Out with the Old/In with the New”; Open Studio; Nashville, TN; “Conference Room”; TAG Gallery; Nashville, TN
2001: “Culture01”; Polifilo ; Nashville, TN: “15 FPS Part 2”; multimedia presentation; Six Degrees Restaurant; Nashville, TN: “15 FPS Part 1”; multimedia presentation for Nashville film community; Citation Soundstage; Nashville, TN: “Jewels of the Nagas”; Yoga Source; Nashville, TN
2000: “The Hunger & the Feast”; ongoing installation; Virago; Nashville, TN; “Windows to the World” (01); Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery; Nashville, TN; “Heartless 01” (01); JJ’s Café & Market; Nashville, TN
1999: “Cowboyz + Cowgirlz Revisited”; Dreamworks; Nashville, TN
1998: “ZOUNDS!!!”; The Pineapple Room at Cheekwood Museum; Nashville, TN (lecture); “The Embrace”; Third Coast Clay; Nashville, TN; “Cowboyz + Cowgirlz”; Four Crows Gallery; Nashville, TN
1997: “Tobacco Road”; The Arts Company; Nashville, TN; “Where My Feet Stick To The Ground”; The Peanut Gallery; Nashville, TN
1996: “Like A Rolling Stone Of Destiny”; The Electric Frog; Edinburgh, Scotland; “My Own Private Glencoe”; An Tuireann Arts Center; Portree, Isle of Skye; Scotland; “The Divorce Industry”; Eidolon Gallery; Santa Fe, NM
1995: “Easels, Cities, Aliens & Spaceships”; Private Residence; Santa Fe, NM
1992: “Johnny Law Kilt Mah Bruther”; Luna Gallery; Santa Fe, NM (performance); “Wreckrospective”; Zia Diner; Santa Fe, NM
1991: “Look Out She’s Moving”; Santa Fe Bakery; Santa Fe, NM
1986: “The Cyclopean Eye”; The Art Building; Notre Dame, IN
2014: Opening, David Lusk Gallery – Nashville, TN; “The Price Is Right,” David Lusk Gallery – Nashville, TN
2013: Lead Artist of Good Faith Space at Standard ToyKraft (Williamsburg/Brooklyn)
2011-12: Occupy with Art co-organizer for “Occupy Printed Matter,” Printed Matter, Chelsea (NYC); “Low Lives: Occupy!” at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute (NYC); “Lapsed Logic” at Hyperallergic; “Wall Street to Main Street” in Catskill, NY; “CO-OP/Occuburbs/Occufest” in Huntington, Long Island + more…
2012: “MIC CHECK: OCCUPY,” Sideshow Gallery (Williamsburg/Brooklyn-NYC)
2011: “A New Dimension,” Silvershed (Chelsea-NYC); Dependent Art Fair, with Silvershed (NYC); Collective Show/Silvershed Gallery, performance with Reading Group #1, in conjunction with New Museum’s “Festival of Ideas” (NYC)
2010: Gramatica Parda; ANDLAB Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007: Lead Artist, ART FOR HUMANS GALLERY CHINATOWN; Los Angeles, CA: “100+ Hanks”; Rhizome’s Art Base (NYC); “BIO”; Rhizome’s Art Base (NYC); “FALL”; Rhizome’s Art Base (NYC); “A Prayer for Clean Water”; Rhizome’s Art Base (NYC); “Glenn Goldberg + NYC Artists”; Philip Slein Gallery; St. Louis, MO; 2nd Year MFA Expo; Claremont Graduate University; Claremont, CA
2006: SCOPE Miami/Art Basel Miami; with Perpetual Art Machine (NYC)
2005: “Pump Projects Presents: Peep Show”; Shady Tree Studios; Austin, TX; “Cross Ref.”; Pump Project at Shady Tree Studios; Austin, TX; “PumpedXmess”; Shady Tree Studios; Austin, TX
2004: “Unframed Works”; SCA Projects Gallery Pomona, CA
2003: “Circus Maximus; Cultura”; The Castle Door; Nashville, TN; “Ethereal Conecepts”; David L. Dickirson Gallery; Tamarack, WV Cultural Center; Beckley, WV; “Bar Codes, Rituals, & Subliminal Tapes”; AFH Gallery; Eureka, CA
2002:”Fire…”; Bohan (Advertising Agency); with John Guider; Nashville, TN; “Summer Selections”; Cumberland Gallery; Nashville, TN; 3rd Annual VAAN Studio Tour (Preview Show Watkins College); Nashville, TN
2001: “Small Packages 7”; Cumberland Gallery; Nashville, TN; “Fall Leaves Fall” (01); Exit/In; Nashville, TN; 2nd Annual VAAN Studio Tour (Preview Show at Watkins College); Nashville, TN; “Seam” (01); Attic Gallery; Nashville, TN; “Home” (01); Ruby Green Contemporary Arts Foundation; Nashville, TN
2000: “A Cold Empty Feelin’” (01); Ruby Green Contemporary Arts Foundation; Nashville, TN; “Heartless” (01); Poetry Reading & Multimedia; Bean Central; Nashville, TN; “Dog Show” (01); Fido; Nashville, TN; 1st Annual Nashville Artists’ Studio Tour (Preview show at ArtSynergy); “D.I.G. Through III”; Downtown Presbyterian Church; Nashville, TN (Best of Show Award); “Home Show”; Coordinated art open-house at multi-million dollar residence; Nashville, TN; “Sensing Change”; ArtSynergy; Nashville, TN; “Artwork, Movie Stills, Sets”; Ground Zero; Nashville, TN; “Inside>Outside” (DddD); installation at Parthenon Museum East Gallery: Nashville, TN
1999: “In Sickness & In Health” (DddD); In the Gallery; Nashville, TN; “Sirens & Conflagrations” (DddD); installation at Cheekwood Museum’s Temporary Contemporary; Nashville, TN; “D.I.G. Through II”; Downtown Presbyterian Church; Nashville, TN (panel discussion)
1998: “Artclectic; University School of Nashville; Nashville, TN; “D.I.G. Show”; Downtown Presbyterian Church; Nashville, TN (panel discussion)
1996: Local Color; Nashville, TN; Gallery of Tennessee Artists; Nashville, TN
1993-4:”Regional Standard Arts Project”; Exhibited in over one dozen Group Shows; Santa Fe, NM
1992: “All Souls Show”; Luna Gallery; Santa Fe, NM
1991: “Black & White”; Aztec Cafe; Santa Fe, NM; “Portraits”; Aztec Cafe; Santa Fe, NM
1988-9: Beckley Newspapers Inc. 7th Annual Juried Exhibition; Beckley, WV (Purchase Award)
1987: 56th Annual Allied Artist Juried Exhibit; Sunrise Museum; Charleston, WV (Purchase Award)
1986: Senior Show; Snite Museum of Art and Isis Gallery; Notre Dame, IN; 3rd Annual Museum Shop Juried Exhibition; The Contemporary Museum of Chicago; Chicago IL
1985: 2nd Annual Museum Shop Juried Exhibition; The Contemporary Museum of Chicago; Chicago IL; American T-Shirt Gallery; New York, NY; Unique Boutique; New York, NY; Virtu; Detroit, MI; Commander Salamander; Washington, DC
The Dependent Art Fair, NYC, 2011, with Silver Shed Gallery
LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA, 2008-Present, Timothy Yarger Fine Art
NADA Miami, FL 2008-Present, Timothy Yarger Fine Art
Bridge Berlin, Germany, 2009 Timothy Yarger Fine Art
SCOPE (multiple), Perpetual Art Machine
Rhizome [New Museum] Art Base; New York City, NY
Linda Goldstein, Original Artists; New York City, NY
Boult, Cummings, Conners, & Berry PLC; Nashville, TN
Mr. & Mrs. Hewlett Smith, Former Governor of West Virginia; Beckley, WV
Demetria Kalodimos, Filmmaker, Anchorwoman, Channel 4 News; Nashville, TN
King County Memorial Hospital; Seattle, WA
Sunrise Museum; Charleston, WV
Union Station Sheraton Hotel; Pittsburgh, PA
Ground Zero; Nashville, TN
TBA Entertainment (Brooks and Dunn)
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel; Nashville, TN
Morris Graves Foundation; Loleta, CA
Paul McLean, from 2011 - 2013, published writings in Artinfo and the Brooklyn Rail. In 2010 he was interviewed by MutualArt (the interview was also published in the Jerusalem Post as “Exploring the Art Blogosphere). As co-organizer of Occupennial/Occupy with Art/Occupational Art School, McLean has also been interviewed for NY Arts Magazine, Hyperallergic, the Art Newspaper, Chronogram and other publications.
Occupy with Art/OWS Arts & Culture have been covered in many national and international web and print media, including the New York Times, The Nation, Artforum, The Guardian, Artfagcity, Art:21, The Art Newspaper, The Huffington Post, and The LA Times.
[Since 2000 Paul McLean publishes one of the most highly trafficked network of artist blogs in the world, including AFH Blog, the now-defunct AFH Myspace Blog, an array of three dozen Tumblr blogs, and more. The network has published over 10000 posts, generated well over 2 million hits, and over 600,000 downloads.]
Coverage of Dependent Art Fair, and Silver Shed/Paul McLean artwork included artinfo, art observed, HYPERALLERGIC, artfagcity, etc… + NY Times
ART FOR HUMANS GALLERY CHINATOWN was covered in the artnet magazine feature LA Confidential by Emma Gray in 2007.
The project was also reviewed in Artillery Magazine, Citizen LA and LA Weekly in Daniel Hernandez’ blog. AFHGC received many acknowledgements in webzines & artblogs around the web world universe.
LAZER Artzine No. 3 (2008)
McLean, 01 and DddD have been previewed and reviewed numerous times by Nashville publications The Tennesean (12), SensoredMagazine (2), The Nashville Scene (7), The City Paper (4), Nashville In Review (3), and Nashville Rage (2).
“Paul McLean: Artist in Residence”; North Coast Journal, Humboldt County, CA; feature by Linda Mitchell
Santa Fe New Mexican, review of the Regional Standard Arts Project (1993)
[More on request]
chanorth/chashama [Pine Plains, NY]
Occupational Art School Node 1 at Bat Haus [Bushwick/Brooklyn/NYC]
Hyperallergic (OWS A+C Spatial Team)[Williamsburg/Brooklyn/NYC]
St. Edward’s University
Shady Tree Studios
The Morris Graves Foundation
Ink People Center for the Arts
Riverwind, LLC
Numerous lectures and panel discussions; in 2009 McLean was selected as one of nine working artists in America to participate in the first National Endowment for the Arts panel forum on federal arts policy, hosted by WESTAF. Most recently, McLean appeared with Judith Molina at Living Theatre in a discussion on Paul Goodman.
2011-12: Co-organizer of Occupy with Art.
2006-Present: Produced or many online collectives using social media, which are currently either functional or in development, including: AFH Monster Collective; AFH Friends Collective; The US Commonwealth Party; AFH International Artist’s Union; AFH Artist Portrait Project and others; also served as consultant on site development for online artist projects, including projects by Shane Kennedy (NYC), Joe Merrell(LA), Dane Carder (Nashville), Chanic (France, Congo), Gras Free (Belgium), and others.
2007: Lead Artist, owner/operator of ART FOR HUMANS GALLERY CHINATOWN (LA, CA). Handled press relations, identity and design, curator and preparator duties, website maintenance, blogging and project documentation. Produced over twenty exhibits and screenings in four and a half months.
Cantanker Magazine; Austin, TX
Co-Founder, editorial consultant and regular national/international contributor to the online and print magazine for visual arts and culture based in Austin, Texas
L.A. Packing, Crating & Transport; Los Angeles, CA
Installed, prepared for shipment, transported and handled some of the world’s most precious artworks and cultural objects; clients included LACMA, MOCA, The Weismann Foundation, The Norton Simon Museum and many private collectors and institutions.
2003: Reviewed the Armory Show, NYC for THE Magazine (Santa Fe, NM Arts Monthly)-unpublished
2002: Book review for The Tennessean; Nashville, TN
2000: Staff contributor of art listings and mini-reviews for Gannett publication Nashville Rage
Staff columnist for Nashville In Review; Nashville, TN
Weekly visual arts reviewer for citywide publication; used forum to help Nashville legislate a Percent for Public Art program
First Union Tower/Destination Gallery; Nashville, TN
Directed project for the integration of art and commerce in downtown Nashville high-rise office building; established exhibition space, the Destination Gallery, and curated exhibitions of paintings by artist Don Vogl, photographs by Scottish photographer Diane Barrie, and others; established annual exhibitions of works by building tenants; established Destination Gallery Newsletter for tenants of First Union Tower, notifying them of arts events
Artradio Radio Program; WRVU Radio Station; Vanderbilt University; Nashville, TN
Produced, hosted and directed live radio show, featuring interviews with artists, art collectors, publishers, writers, museum and arts organization personnel; also featured musical performances and radio drama; featured guests included Frank Stella, Richard Haas, Tom Otterness, Stephen Antonakos, Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen, Alexandra Nakita and many others
Goldleaf Framemakers of Santa Fe; Santa Fe, NM
Manufactured fine gilded picture frames for renowned artists, such as Richard Tuttle, Susan Rothenberg, Woody Gwyn and Elias Rivera; involved selecting, cutting, and preparing raw wood moldings for gilding; burnishing, applying finishes to frames and preparing frames for hanging; handled delivery, shipping and packing, and shop maintenance; Owner famed guilder Marty Horowitz
Artwaves and Art Talk Radio Programs; KVSF and KSFR Radio Stations; Santa Fe Community College; Santa Fe, NM
Produced, hosted and directed live radio show, featuring interviews with artists, art collectors, publishers, writers, museum and arts organization personnel; also featured musical performances and radio drama; featured guests included Richard Tuttle, Bob Wade, Ron Robles, John Connell, Terry Allen, Julie Lazar, The Vogels (Collectors), and many others
David Rettig Fine Arts; Santa Fe, NM
Assistant gallery director for 19 year-old gallery, featuring the work of Bob Haozous, David Di Suvero, and others; answered phones, handled sales, shipped and packed art installed art, and assisted with artists’ receptions
Regional Standard Arts Project; Santa Fe, NM
Established and operated for fourteen months an artists’ gallery and networking center, exhibiting the work of over one hundred artists and artisans; organized, curated, installed exhibitions; coordinated and facilitated member meetings, speakers (such as
Armando Lara) and performers; handled sales, shipping and packing, scheduling, and accounting
Old World Tile; Santa Fe, NM
Assisted master tilesetter Juan Lopez install fine tile and stonework in Santa Fe area homes
Joe Wade Fine Arts and Joe Wade Contemporary Art; Monte Wade Fine Art; Terry Wade Fine Art; Santa Fe, NM
Worked as gallery salesman for oldest downtown Santa Fe gallery and four other Wade family-owned galleries Contemporary Southwest and Frank Howell Galleries; Santa Fe, NM
Handled art installations for over forty artists in a 3500 sq. ft. space in downtown Santa Fe; shipped and packed art; saold and telemarketed artwork to collectors from around the world; assisted at artists’ receptions and transporting artwork
The Hollander Collection; Santa Fe, NM
Director of gallery featuring the art of Gino Hollander and his collection of Spanish colonial furniture
Elaine Horwitch Galleries; Santa Fe, NM
Assisted installation of exhibits by gallery artists, including Woody Gwyn, Thurman Statim and many others; shipped and packed art; assisted at artists’ receptions and transporting artwork; outside installations
Artisans de Santa Fe; Santa Fe, NM; Stretched Canvas in venerable Santa Fe art supply store for hundreds of local, national and international artists
Freedom Gallery; Beckley, WV
Owned and operated art gallery, handling all aspects of business
Funkshunart; USA
Manufactured and marketed unique hand-painted clothing, which was sold at the Contemporary Museum of Chicago Museum Shop, and numerous boutiques across the country
2012: Co-Founded the Occupational Art School
2011-12: Visiting artist at NY Studio Residency Program (Dominique Nahas) and School of Visual Arts (Joseph Nechvatal, Fawn Potash)
2005: Series of four lectures and demonstrations at St. Edward’s University, Austin TX
“4D Aesthetics for Community Arts Projects and Community Artists”; Lecture at Shady Tree Studio, for Pump Projects, Austin, TX
2003: Lectured at Parsons’ New School of Art to graduate students on “The 4D Artist & Applied Aesthetics”
1987-PRESENT: Conducted private tutorials with children and adults
1997-1999: Cheekwood Education; Nashville, TN - Provided art instruction for numerous classes, age-groups, and mediums for the Cheekwood Education Program
1998: O’More College of Design; Franklin, TN
Painting instructor at accredited design college
1996: Wilderness Adventure Company; Santa Fe, NM
Taught art to as many as thirty children, ages 6-14, per day; focus on painting and sketching
1993-4: Regional Standard Arts Project; Santa Fe, NM
Coordinated the development of curriculum for several classes for adults, including photography, found objects, and painting from the figure; established guest lecture series, featuring nationally and regionally recognized artists, collectors and business people; counseled artists on daily basis, regarding career goals, presentation, and education
1989-90: Girl’s Club of Santa Fe
Taught art in after-school program, grades K-6
1989: Beckley Children’s Museum; Beckley, WV
Taught painting to children, ages 6-12

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Paul McLean
October 2006
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