Garrett Phelan

Context Gallery

November 8, 2010

Garrett Phelan
8-30 November 2010

5-7 Artillery Street,
Derry, BT48 6RG
Northern Ireland

Garrett Phelan presents a new two-part radio/video project entitled ‘ELECTROMAGNETIC PHENOMENON – Portrait of a Broadcaster – Donal Dineen 2010.’ at The Context Gallery, Derry, in association with one of Ireland’s top national broadcasters TODAY FM.

This new work is a portrait of an acclaimed broadcaster, chosen by Phelan as someone whose iconic voice represents integrity and seriousness to his core audience, many of whom have developed their musical knowledge with him over many years. The project exists as an analogy between Energy, Electricity, Voice, the Power of the Mind and Other Matter. Whilst acknowledging the importance of the content of Donal Dineen’s radio programme, Phelan focuses this portrait on the resonance of the broadcaster’s voice, its mediation to the outside world via the microphone, the wires and the transmission of the FM signal into the ether. The aesthetic of this work represents the unknown properties of the electromagnetic signal once it travels beyond human understanding and how it relates back to us throughout its infinite, sublime and mystical journey.

In Part 1 of the project Donal Dineen will broadcast his ‘SMALL HOURS’ radio show live from the Context Gallery for the nights of Monday 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th November from Midnight – 2.00am. The gallery will be open from 11pm each night and visitors are welcome to watch the broadcasts.

In Part 2, a new video work will be made by Phelan documenting the live gallery broadcasts and this will be on view in the gallery from 15th November during normal gallery hours.

Garrett Phelan has developed a distinctive art practice that directly engages the audience with immersive, ambitious site-specific drawing projects, FM radio broadcasts, sculptural installations, photography and animation. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally including the 4th Auckland, Triennial, New Zealand, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, ICA London, the 39th Art Basel Statement and Manifesta 5, European Biennial. His work is part of many public and private collections. He is represented by Mother’s Tankstation.

Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the National Lottery.

For further information contact;
Theo Sims
Context Gallery,
5-7 Artillery Street,
Derry, BT48 6RG
Tel. +44 (0)28 71373538.
info [​at​]
Exhibition runs from 8th November – 30th November 2010
Normal opening hours
Tuesday-Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 12pm-5pm
Admission Free

*Image above:
Courtesy Mother’s Tankstation © Garrett Phelan.