|Approach||fine art performance/installation|
|Description||The artist is best known for realising his ideas through ACTUATIONS, (his term for performance / installations). Concurrent with his live work, he also draws, as a parallel and integral process of developing images and themes. The drawing can be seen as extensions and development from the performances and stand as completions in their own right. This drawing is one of a series made for a comprehensive exhibition of the artist's interrelated performance, installation and drawing work, at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol in 1988.
The imagery from the time refers directly and indirectly to everyday, lived experience in Northern Ireland. Multiple, charcoal drawn imaging is inter-referred and overlayed with blocks of charcoaled massing, light emerging from within the work and from outside.
The inferences of mood and atmosphere are affected by living through the troubles in Northern Ireland.
|Cultural Context||Western European, Northern Ireland, Ireland|
|Location Current Site||University of Ulster, Permanent Works of Art Collection, School of Art and Design, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Measurements Dimensions||1340 x 1540 mm|
|Material||charcoal on paper|
|Biography||Currently Professor in performing arts at the School of Art and Design, University of Ulster at Belfast.
In 1997 Alastair MacLennan represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale with 'Intermedia Work' commemorating the names of all those who had died as a result of the political trouble in Northern Ireland from 1969 to date.
During the 1970's and 1980's he made long durational performances in Britain and America, of up to 144 hours each, non-stop, usually neither eating nor sleeping throughout. Subject matter dealt with political, social and cultural malfunction.
Since 1975 he has been based in Belfast and was a founder member of Belfast's Art and Research Exchange. Since 1975 he has taught at what is now called the University of Ulster and for 11 years ran the Postgraduate Fine Art Programme in Belfast. Presently he is Research Professor in Fine Art at the University of Ulster and travels extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, also America and Canada, presenting 'Actuations' (his term for Performance / Installations). He is a member of the European Performance Group called ‘Black Market International'.
|Institution||University of Ulster|
|Rights Owner||Alastair MacLennan|
|Rights Status||UK HE use only|