The art of driv­ing

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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

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