Visual Arts


Lennon (christened Kieran Lennon) was born in Dublin in 1947. He lives and works in Dublin.

Known for his Art form: Porous Plane, which has its beginnings in the Folded / Unfolded paintings of 1969-1972.

Folded/Unfolded 1972:

His position and point-of-view derives from his discovery aged 12 (1959) of the Holocaust, and later, the need for a secular, formal art to underpin the democratic aspirations of the new Irish state, and from his experience of living in the post-colonial Church / State hegemony. ‘One is not born for Societies needs’ evolved his Art and his life as a self-maker.

Wary of moral meanings attaching to art, he set out to strip painting of image (Gorgon) and language (Illustration)

Porous Planes consists of:

AI13 MM paintings: Non-image, composed of composite units of Aluminium plates and paint brushstrokes: the viewers side of the traditional picture plane; located in and bordered by the field of vision of the viewer.

Autochthones: The single unit of his art: These are made of blocks of Aluminium which produce their own pigment when the surface has been sandpapered by hand.

ArbitraryColourCollections: The Arbitrary Colour Collections are gathered together over time (On-Going) the paint / colours are spread across and towards the viewer between chaos and order, avoiding personal taste.

Denier7s: These are volumnized wire-mesh paintings that attempt to combine the space of gesture and the space colour in the clotted web of the wire mesh.

Bringing painting back to its origins; to the first composite Wall / Figure cave paintings and the first composite  body of human experience i.e. the body of Mother / Child.

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Prerogatives of Porous Plane:

  1. To rid painting of the Gorgon (Image) and the Sphinx (Illustration – Language)
  2. The primacy of the single individual viewer.
  3. From matter to mind / making by principles of evolution
  4. Portability / Independence of Architecture and Place.
  5. Boundaries / Limited to the unique dimensions and the field of vision of the viewer.
  6. Non – Image / Made for eyes: Mine and Others. The vertical viewer completes the composition of the painting.

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