Electromagnetica – finial in perpetuum (2015)
Galvanised steel, low level sodium lamp, copper, paint
Garrett Phelan (1965 Dublin), has developed a distinctive visual language & mode of engagement through ambitious, site-specific projects that include independent FM radio broadcasts, sculptural installations and animation. He has exhibited widely in Ireland & internationally, with recent solo shows at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 2015; IMMA, Dublin 2012; and group exhibitions at EVA International 2014; Palais des Beau-Arts de Bruxelle 2013; ICA, London 2012; 11th Lyon Biennial, 2011.
Phelan’s commission for Magnetism is situated in a specific unlit space at the disused Snia/Saehan factory in Sligo; he was inspired by the purity of the metaphysical/physical archaeology of this space. Electromagnetica – finial in perpetuum creates a physical dialogue between two standing objects situated in this vertical darkened vault. One object, a tall motorway lamp that emits low level electric sodium light illuminates the other, an obsolete lightening rod once used at the site fixed to a copper pole. Their installation in this industrial space draws the viewer into a physically emotive experience that exists beyond their functionality, a typical strategy in Phelan’s work. This piece was produced in collaboration with Kevin Murphy (Shadow Creations), Cormac Healy and James Healy (Brass Founders Engineers)