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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

Scottish artist Alastair MacLennan attended Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Best known for his distinctive form of performance art which he terms ‘actuations, his practice also embraces drawing, installation and the use of found objects, materials and artefacts. He has performed and exhibited internationally since the early 1970s. He represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and taught at the School of Art, Ulster University, from then until 2008.

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