Gordon Bennett Series, 2004-2005
GB and the Western World
Galway Arts Centre, October, 2005
and Letterkenny Arts Centre, Donegal, November, 2005
Gordon Bennett Sound Off
Fused Festival, South Dublin County Council, July, 2005
Grennan Mill, Kilkenny Arts Festival, August, 2004
“Gordon-Bennett”, by Alan Phelan, is a reflection and action on the propaganda of mass communications. The multiple narratives that run through this exhibition explore ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further an individual’s cause, to damage an opposing cause; as well as the public actions having such effects.
Taking references from the life of international playboy, philanthropist and newspaper tycoon James Gordon Bennett Jr., this body of work brings together boy racer stickers, archaeological remains, technological sham, as well as the human demand to be and remain current or ‘in the news’ and yet be different.