Alan Phelan: Fragile Absolutes




Fragile Absolutes presents 16 new and recent works inspired by Irish artist Alan Phelan’s ongoing engagement with political history, cultural theory, popular culture, masculinity and modified cars. The titles, subtitles and structure of the exhibition are derived from a project Phelan completed during his time on IMMA’s Artists’ Residency Programme in 2008. Taking the italicised words from the Slavoj Zizek book The Fragile Absolute – or, why is the Christian legacy worth fighting for? and using them as random word associations towards 15 ideas for works, now realised in a variety of materials and processes, from hand-carved marble, through to video and papier-mâché sculptures. The works in the exhibition traverse numerous sources and time periods, from current affairs, popular fiction, boy racers, nationalist heroes, world war, economics, psychoanalysis and globalisation. Phelan sets up a complex mix of the literal and metaphorical references, simultaneously providing background information on many of his subjects, yet leaving them open to conflicting modes of interpretation.

Duration 22 June 2009 - 01 November 2009
Times Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00am - 5.30pm except Wednesday: 10.30am - 5.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 5.30pm
Cost free
Venue Irish Museum of Modern Art
Address Royal Hospital Dublin Dublin 8, ,
Contact +353-1-612 9900 / info@imma.ie / www.imma.ie

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