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Alan Phelan, b.1968

Goran’s Stealth Yugo2009

‘Goran’s Stealth Yugo’ began in 2006 during a residency in Belgrade, Serbia, where Phelan collaborated with Goran Krstiæ, a car designer from the Zastava/Yugo car factory in the city of Kragujevac. The work resembles a stage in the design process, where 3d modelling is used to approximate a structural framework for a new car design. This phase has been rendered in chrome-plated steel, supported by extended twin exhaust pipes, attached to an underwater stabilising base. The effect is both dynamic, as the car turns and points into the sky; as well as disguised, with the framework covered in Phelan’s signature fake pine twigs, drawn from the ‘blend-in’ techniques used in the telecommunications industry to hide mobile phone masts (generally as fake trees).

MediumChrome plated steel, rubber, plastic
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation. Made in colaboration with Goran Krstic, car designer from Zastava/Yugo Car Factory in Kragujevac, Serbia. 2009, 2009
Item NumberIMMA.3292
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Alan Phelan, Goran’s Stealth Yugo, 2009, Chrome plated steel, rubber, plastic, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation. Made in colaboration with Goran Krstic, car designer from Zastava/Yugo Car Factory in Kragujevac, Serbia. 2009, 2009

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About the Artist

Alan Phelan b.1968

Alan Phelan studied at Dublin City University and Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. Phelan uses a variety of materials and processes, including papier-mâché, steel, photography, film, text and the commissioning of hand-carved marble, to engage with subjects ranging from political history and cultural theory, to masculinity and modified cars. He has exhibited widely including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; SKUC, Ljubljana; Feinkost, Berlin and SKC, Belgrade. Phelan took part in IMMA’s Artists’ Residency Programme in 2008 and had a solo exhibition in the museum the following year. — View Artist »