Art: Red Lines – Alan Phelan at The Dock, Leitrim (Until 4th Jan)

Red Lines
Alan Phelan
Joly Screen Photographs

Alan Phelan has been working for the past three years on reviving the Joly Screen process, a forgotten colour photography process invented in the 1890s in Dublin, by John Joly, a physicist and geology professor from Trinity College, Dublin.

This exhibition marks the first major exhibition of this new body of work. The photographs are small 4×5 sheet film-sized images, as they comprise of two parts – the sheet film from a large format camera, and a colour screen sheet.

The Joly process is not a chemical process, but instead filters light on exposure and display to create colour. The screen is made up of red, green and blue stripes, giving the photographs a very distinct appearance. Phelan also engages installation devices on walls and windows, to reference the process, as well as narratives from a wider art history. The small images have the intensity of painted miniatures, illuminated by LED panels, slowing down the viewing of a photograph, as well as allowing for a unique colour shift that happens on display.

The images selected for Red Lines have a nostalgic feel, given muted colours and the content, which reference historic flower-paintings made in collaboration with members of the Dunboyne Flower and Garden Club.

For Phelan this is an opportunity to expand his interest in participatory practices, art making that involves working with others to expand the notion of authorship into a shared activity, one that remains unfixed, and creating agency as well as new knowledge in the process.

Alan Phelan and Dunboyne Flower and Garden Club were recipients of Meath County Council Cultural Services Creative Award 2019. This award is supported by the Meath County Council Creative Ireland Programme.

Alan Phelan studied at DCU, Dublin, and RIT, New York. NCAD School of Fine Art  Artist in Residence for 2019-20. Recent projects include Our Kind, a work about Roger Casement, commissioned by Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane for 2016/1916. He has exhibited widely including IMMA Dublin, LCGA Limerick, Solstice Navan, Kunstmuseum Bonn, BOZAR Brussels, OK11 Helsinki, Eastlink Gallery Shanghai, Chapter Cardiff, SKUC Ljubljana, SKC Gallery Belgrade and The Whitney Museum of American Art New York

Exhibition continues until Saturday 4th January, 2020 

Gallery Tours
Would you like an opportunity to have a guided visit through the Galleries at The Dock?

Visit either with your work colleagues, family, or friends, or bring a school or sports group. The tours are really informal, and a great way to hear about the contemporary art  being shown at The Dock
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For further information contact:
Laura Mahon, Visual Arts & Education Manager


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