HEALING WOUNDS

Rochester, USA : 1984

4 hour non stop performance/installation at Pyramid Art Centre, Rochester, New York.

28 January 1984


 

Using found discarded objects from the ‘back room’ of the gallery, MacLennan arranged and rearranged the things around him while conversing with the gallery visitors. Included were a dustbin, a ladder, a cooker, paper, electrical cords, street signs, rubbish, dead fish, and so on. The performance lasted 4 hours – from noon to 4pm.

‘The found objects were ‘wounded’ by use and by the decision to dispose of them. MacLennan used a strategy, shared by many sculptors at this time, to reverse “the death of an object” by imbuing it with another type of existence, i.e. as art. Art thus is understood as a type of therapeutic healing.’

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