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Garrett Phelan, b.1965

Phase 3 – (ACTIONS) sculpture2010

“In tribute to and inspired by, the music of Fela Kuti, the myth of Prometheus, the Phenomenon of Menhirs, The Rossport Five, Kenule ‘Ken’ Beeson Saro-Wiwa and the hidden electromagnetic powers
of broadcast radio.”*

This work by Garrett Phelan is the third phase of a project entitled formation of opinion 2003 –, and all of the components in his installation go under the covering title of ‘Phase 3 – (Actions)’. The recent history of political activism has been central to Phelan’s ongoing body of work, collectively titled formation of opinion 2003 –, and ‘Phase 3 – (Actions)’ takes this as a particular focus. Dedicated to the idea of selflessness In the face of adversity, this work is informed by specific activists and subjects related to their causes. The work combines broadcast radio, printing, sculpture and animation to create a fictionalised tribute to real histories. Radio here represents both political freedom and the concept of infinity. The imagery merges the inexplicable and mythological with specific historical references to activists and martyrs. The work was originally inspired by the case of The Rossport Five, five men from County Mayo who were jailed in June 2005 for refusing to obey a court injunction forbidding them to interfere with work being undertaken by Shell on land owned by three of them.

*Garrett Phelan, artist’s statement, 2011
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MediumInstallation with broadcast radio sculpture, zines, animation, screenprints and sound
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2010
Item NumberIMMA.3313
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Garrett Phelan, Phase 3 – (ACTIONS) sculpture, 2010, Installation with broadcast radio sculpture, zines, animation, screenprints and sound, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2010

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Garrett Phelan b.1965

Irish artist Garrett Phelan’s art practice directly engages the audience with immersive site-specific drawing projects, FM radio broadcasts, sculptural installations, photography and animation. He has exhibited widely, including the 11th Lyon Biennial, France; 4th Auckland Triennial, New Zealand; SMART Project Space, Amsterdam; ICA, London; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Kunstverein, Hannover; Art Statements, Basel 39; Manifesta 5, San Sebastian and a solo exhibition at IMMA in 2012.

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