Found-object artists bring into focus the white noise of the world, giving commonplace items a shot at more than utility. Although Dave Phelps is not the first artist to find meaning in the mass-produced, his collage technique combines the shapes and colors of the everyday into something beautiful and universal. For example, I’d never considered that a simple bar code looks a bit like a brush stroke, and it’s fascinating that such a resounding symbol of mass production can resemble something so individual, so elemental and creative. “I take things that I encounter in daily life,” Phelps explains, “and some objects will get me thinking about that object and how it relates to me and the times. I start thinking about a particular thing, and it may lead me to the idea that it has some intrinsic... More >>>