Dublin, Ireland : 1979

1 day performance and other unofficial appearances during OASIS: Open Air Show of Irish Sculpture.

August 1979

MacLennan, dressed in black, with white linen over his head and adorned in with plastic bags and tennis balls and rackets, inhabits an old squash court in the park. At later points he appears, unannounced, in the same adornments in other public spaces

‘An exploitation of a double take: art taking place in a public space, during an exhibition – but not in the public’s view, and not advertised. Moreover, after the day of the performance inside the walls, of the old court, MacLennan made some more performances outside these walls, yet without publicity and not fully formalized. At times he would thus, ‘appear’ as an inept dilettante, at times as an avant-garde artist.’

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