Opening Hours

The GLUCKSMAN Little Interview

This week we invite artist Alan Phelan whose work is currently on show in Gallery 2
as part of Selective Memory: Artists in the archive


Alan Phelan: 16 January 2015

What are you reading?
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel

Favourite museum?
Fridericianum, Kassel despite only getting there every 5 years

Best performance?
Tino Sehgal, 'This Situation' at IMMA, 2013 where I acquired a temporary wife and child while chatting to the performers.

What is your most treasured possession?
Felix Gonzalez-Torres candy from his1995 retrospective at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York which I keep in a green velvet clamshell box.

What work(s) of art inspire you?
Everything from a urinal thru to a cardboard box, with 100 years of stuff inbetween.

A lightbulb moment?
Generally on a train or bus when my mind has a chance to drift can make connections, but I always forget where as ideas flood in and it all gets mixed up pretty quickly.

Guilty pleasure?
Any TV show with the word 'star' in the title but not celebrity stars.

What would you like to be doing right now?
Working in my studio with functioning limbs as I am currently out of action with a dislocated shoulder.