New York, USA : 1983

48 hour continuous performance/installation at Furnace Gallery, New York.

7 – 9 April 1983


‘His head whitened, and with two alien looking marks, MacLennan, dressed in black, positioned the work on the reverse side of a double door in the basement which was connected through a shaft to the pavement above. This “neither-nor” condition refers to some previous works. In and yet outside of the gallery, outside yet under the level of the pavement above. The written text, edited by MacLennan, detailed aspects of housing conditions in western civilization. He read aloud. Some features of ‘composition’ turned the performance into a “tableau vivant”. The door was opened only so much as needed to give a view of the seated figure, which in turn was framed by the door wings. This transformed the field of vision into a triptych format, and the viewer into an observer of something part secret. Light coming forward through the half open door and two glass panes formed a cross of light.’

Text from ‘Alastair MacLennan: Is No’, ed. Stephen Snoddy, 1988.