December 21, 2008 - Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane - The Golden Bough
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December 21, 2008

The Golden Bough

Image Courtesy of Garrett Phelan and Mother’s Tankstation

The Golden Bough
Curated by Michael Dempsey

Garrett Phelan
30 October – 1 February 2009

Grace Weir
19 February – 24 May 2009

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Parnell Square
Dublin 1

www.hughlane.ie

The myth of the Golden Bough as drawn by J.G. Frazer has operated widely in human society throughout history, producing in varied circumstances, a variety of institutions, specifically different but generically alike.

Applying this theme as underlining support structure for showcasing significant art practices, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane has invited distinguished contemporary artists to exhibit in gallery eight of Charlemont House. Thus placing them in direct dialogue with an institutional and historical context.

Garrett Phelan: Radio Tombs and Interruption
25th October 2008 to 01st February 2009

This project of new work by Garrett Phelan consists of sculptural and drawing elements, all black in colour and each holding their meaning within their physical form. Radios are buried within each of the sculptures, or Tombs, broadcasting a barely audible random radio signal. Phelan does not use artificial light in the space, only the natural light falling from the ceiling above.

Apart from the faint sound the only apparent existence of electromagnetics within the space are the plugs from the Radio Tombs entering the sockets on the wall. Black wire flexes form snake-like shapes around the Tombs and texts are cast onto the surface of the concrete radio.

Tombs, adding a cryptic entry point into the potential meaning of the work. As a counterbalance to the Tombs, Phelan sprays directly onto the gallery wall one of his black ‘Interruptions’ – a dark and unfathomable form.

The Golden Bough suite of exhibitions, in Gallery Eight of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, began in March 2008 with a selection of work by Dorothy Cross. Garrett Phelan’s exhibition will be followed in the series by Grace Weir in February 2009.

The artist is represented by Mother’s Tankstation.

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

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