A Place to Place; a Site to See: The Predicament and Situation of the Table In some of Alastair MacLennan’s ‘Actuations’

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Abstract

Beginning with questions
What can one deduce from the frequent appearance of ‘a table’ in Alastair MacLennan’s ‘actuations’? Which cultural economies and find reference in this placement? Can we view ‘the table’ in these works as a ‘ready made’? Is the value of MacLennan’s tables more or less important in metaphorical or material terms? Do the questions that arise from this placement of the table reveal a divergence or convergence of aesthetics with ethics? Can MacLennan’s use of the table cause, beyond allusion,credible and dynamic dialogue between the artist and others and between those others themselves? How far does the physical, social, geographical or formal context of an‘actuation’ hold a dialogue with the table and vice versa? How is it that MacLennan’s tables present a place to place and a site to see?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAlastair MacLennan
Subtitle of host publicationKnot Naught
EditorsHugh Mulholland
Place of PublicationBelfast
PublisherOrmeau Baths Gallery
Pages177-184
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventAlastair MacLennan Knot Naught: A Retrospective - Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 23 Jan 20031 Mar 2003

Exhibition

ExhibitionAlastair MacLennan Knot Naught
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period23/01/031/03/03

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