The art of driving
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 byways of semiotics. AIDAN DUNNE can’T see ThaT? caTch This Boyle Arts Festival Exhibitions Various venues, Boyle, Co Roscommon