Grinneas nan Eilean 2013

By John MacLean, 06/04/13:

 

There is some excellent work in this year’s colourful Grinneas exhibition at An Lanntair, Stornoway, running until the end of May. Grinneas has been a fixture in An Lanntair’s programme since 1987 and showcases the work of artists resident in or from the Western Isles.
 

An Lanntair            An Lanntair

 

An Lanntair            An Lanntair

 

 

Steve Dilworth

By John MacLean, 05/11/12

 

A review of ‘Mortal Remains’, Steve Dilworth’s exhibition at An Lanntair, Stornoway, until 17th November.

 

 

Xmas cards

By John MacLean, 10/12/11:

 

An Lanntair

 

Some of my installation photos of Moira MacLean’s recent exhibition have been made into Christmas cards, available from An Lanntair, Stornoway.

 

 

 

 

‘Buisneachd’ photography

By John MacLean, 07/11/11:

 

Two of the exhibition catalogue spreads of Moira MacLean’s exhibition ‘Buisneachd’ at An Lanntair, Stornoway. The rest can be viewed in the downloadable exhibition catalogue at the link below.

Installation photography
(PDF file, 6.6 MB, pages 9 to 24).

 

Moira MacLean            Moira MacLean

 

 

 

 

Buisneachd, An Lanntair, Stornoway

By John MacLean, 05/10/11:

 

Editing lots of images today from Moira MacLean’s exhibition Buisneachd: Witchcraft, Sorcery, Enchantment showing at An Lanntair. Some of my finished photographs can be viewed in the downloadable exhibition catalogue at the link below.

Installation photography
(PDF file, 6.6 MB, pages 9 to 24).

 

Moira MacLean - Buisneachd - An Lanntair            Moira MacLean - Buisneachd - An Lanntair

 

Moira MacLean - Buisneachd - An Lanntair            Moira MacLean - Buisneachd - An Lanntair

 

The exhibition runs up to and into the supernaturally-themed Faclan Hebridean Book Festival at the end of October.

      The Outer Hebrides are saturated in tradition, custom and folklore, drawing on Irish (Gaelic) culture, Scandinavian (Viking) influence and all parts between. An island, a village, a house can be a crucible for beliefs and practices, where culture grows as on a Petri dish.

Moira Maclean is from Lewis and is an MFA graduate from Grays School of Art, Aberdeen. She has immersed herself in the past by ‘raiding’ the abandoned croft houses of the Islands to explore issues of dereliction, decay, transience and diaspora, notably from a female, domestic perspective.

‘Buisneachd’ focuses and assembles these ideas. It is about the home, the hearth, the earth and the ether. Rescued domestic detritus, mirrors, bibles, maternal paraphernalia, accretions of wallpaper and images of abandoned spaces insinuate unseen forces and malign influences.

 

 

 

 

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