Alan Phelan: Fragile Absolutes


Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Jul 23-Nov 1 Tues-Sat 10am-5.30pm Wed 10.30am-5.30pm Sun noon-5.30pm 01-6129900

The centrepiece of Alan Phelan’s exhibition at IMMA is a sculpture commissioned by the museum, Goran’s Stealth Yugo(above), and it reflects the artist’s eclectic approach to a striking portfolio of personal interests, including “political history, cultural theory, popular culture, masculinity and modified cars”.

On a residency in Belgrade, Serbia, Phelan collaborated with car designer Goran Krstic to produce a sculpture closely based on a stage in the car design process, where a structural framework provides an inkling of what the design will actually look like in the real, three-dimensional world. Phelan has disguised the technological product with a “natural” material, actually fake pine twigs, as used to disguise mobile phone masts. Not so much a car, as one of the writers in the accompanying catalogue notes, as a metaphor. Expect to be led along more labyrinthine referential paths by an artist who loves the by-ways of semiotics.

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