Hooks-Epstein Galleries presents Kelly and Kyle Phelps: God... Steel and a Wasted Dream opening reception
Hooks-Epstein Galleries will present God… Steel and a Wasted Dream, an exhibition of ceramics and mixed media by twin brothers, Kelly and Kyle Phelps.
Kelly and Kyle Phelps are professors at private Catholic universities in Ohio. Kelly is a Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Xavier University (Cincinnati) where he oversees the sculpture department. Kyle is a Professor at University of Dayton where he is the head of the ceramic/sculpture department. They work collaboratively to create their artwork and share a studio in Centerville (OH).
Kelly and Kyle Phelps’ work encompasses the creation of traditional ceramic, sculpture, and mixed media art. Much of their work is about the blue collar working-class, race relations, and the everyday struggles of the common man and woman. They grew up in a blue-collar/factory environment in Indiana where they were inspired by family and friends who worked in various manufacturing plants, steel mills, and foundries.
The twins have produced work that combines hand-crafted figurative works (clay/resin casts) with found objects from actual factory sites. Kyle and Kelly have combined gears, corrugated metal, and scrap-machined parts along with these modeled cast figures to create visual narrative compositions about the blue-collar experience. It is important to the twins to continue to combine hand-crafted art forms together with these found objects in order to give their work an authentic sense of place and time.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through November 23.