Foster Prize: Meet Artist Vela Phelan

The James & Audrey Foster Prize 2015
Fontene Demoulas Gallery
April 21–August 9, 2015

Meet multifaceted artist Vela Phelan, who creates rituals and beautifies mundane objects through ceremony, transforming and altering modern and ancient energies into a new universal existence. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Mexico and Venezuela, Phelan is deeply influenced by modern saints and gods. He is particularly inspired by the “spiritual magic” of Mexico. Phelan’s ICA contribution will be a video altar action centered around Mexican folk icon Jesús Malverde.