Using bar codes, tires and food and beverage labels as fodder, he constructs visions of mass culture that are often strikingly colorful, symmetric and strangely appealing. These pieces and parts lead me to make work that I hope reflects our contemporary world without being didactic without expressing an obvious and flagrant message, says Phelps. Im more interested in presenting an opportunity for the work to instigate a dialogue with the viewer and give them the opportunity to explore what I presented to them in order to define it for themselves.
Phelpss Zenith continues at the Sandra Phillips Gallery, 744 Santa Fe Drive, through April 11; for more information, call 303-573-5969 or go to www.thesandraphillipsgallery.com.
March 14-April 11, 2009