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Unable to travel due to COVID 19 restrictions, MacLennan, well-known for his site-responsive ‘actuations’ (his term for performance/installations) has been using his Belfast studio in the last nine months for daily drawing actions. Focusing on a twisted paper napkin, he draws on two A2 sized pieces of paper simultaneously with both hands using his peripheral vision to create the drawing series Lim(i)nal 2020/2021.

Mediumoil, charcoal and ink on paper
Dimensions Unframed, 59.4 x 42 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4344
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Alastair MacLennan, LIM(I)NAL, 2020, oil, charcoal and ink on paper, Unframed, 59.4 x 42 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Alastair MacLennan b.1943

Alastair MacLennan was born in Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland in 1943 and trained in Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee in the 1960s. MacLennan is best known for his distinctive form of performance art which he terms ‘actuations and his artistic practice embraces drawing, installation and the use of found objects, materials and artefacts, which are often combined within his actuations.
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