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"Somewhere Between Lost and Found" to open Friday, June 6

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“Somewhere Between Lost and Found: A selection of work by Daniel McClendon” to run June 6 through July 27 at Museum’s Nature Art Gallery

RALEIGH — A show and sale of paintings described as primitive, honest and transparent opens Friday, June 6 and runs through Sunday, July 27 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery. “Somewhere Between Lost and Found” by artist Daniel McClendon begins non-objectively in the form of a chaotic black and white painting, but from the chaos emerge patterns, forms, and symbols that collectively build to a visual identity. There will be an opening night reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, June 6.

Chicago-born McClendon graduated from Western Michigan University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting realism. Shortly after graduating, he relocated to Asheville, NC where he maintained his focus on realism and began painting full time. This continued until one day he came to the belief that his work was “fraudulent” due to the lack of a true and honest voice. He decided to quit painting and figure out how to fulfill his desire to create. 

During this hiatus his focus inherently came back to painting and the important themes in his life, then on March 21, 2011 he had an epiphany. He rolled out of bed and wrote down an idea and plan of action on how to achieve an “honest” form of painting. McClendon’s work now focuses on the beauty of impulsive action when creating. By filtering out the peripheral baggage and just acting within the parameters of the painting, he achieves a visual stream of consciousness. His method has been described as, “somewhere between lost and found” — the exploration of defining oneself in a chaotic and otherwise unpredictable world.

McClendon’s solo exhibitions have been featured at the Center for Visual Artists, (CVA Gallery) in Greensboro, NC, The Lift Studios in Asheville, NC, Michael Mitchell Gallery in Charleston, SC and DeVries Gallery in Kalamazoo, MI. His work is also included in a public collection at Davies Medical Center in Wake Forest, NC. Publications include “Studio Visit,” volume 19, Winter 2012; (Juried), “Our State Magazine,” August, 2012; and “The Bold Life,” May, 2012.

The Nature Art Gallery is located on the top floor of the Museum Store in the Nature Exploration Center. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays. All exhibited art is for sale.  For more information, call 919.707.9854.


First Friday is a free, family-friendly, social event held the first Friday of each month at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh.  Visitors can enjoy exhibits, shopping, food and spirits until 9 p.m. The Natural Horror Picture Show (a vintage, sci-fi flick of 'B' movie caliber) begins at 7 p.m. Arrive early for live music and a film short from the A/V Geek archives.  For information, call 919.707.9800.

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, May 27, 2014