Bruce McLean 2 Rock and Shoreskapes, Largiebeg 1969

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Artist
Bruce McLean born 1944
Title
2 Rock and Shoreskapes, Largiebeg
Date 1969
Medium 2 photographs, black and white, on paper and typewritten caption on card
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 505 x 787 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Reference
T01739

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These photographs record McLean's attempt to make paintings in which the landscape itself would take an active, creative role. In Seaskape he laid a 150-foot roll of sensitised paper on the shore, intending to 'let the sea make [a] mark, a perfect pure mark, over which I had little control'. However, the paper floated out to sea. For the Rock and Shoreskapes, he placed a 33-foot long sheet of white paper on the rocky shore and applied watercolour paint. Exposed to the elements, the paint ran, and the paper acquired numerous tears and stains.

August 2004

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