“It Took the Night to Believe”

Patrick Phipps gets ambiguous with his latest works

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For “It Took the Night to Believe,” Patrick Phipps took his canvas and crumpled it up. The painter-by-trade created ambiguous papier-mâché sculptures using plaster bandages, newspaper, drawing paper, masking tape, acrylic paint and more. Each piece defies definition, as Phipps’s main purpose was to produce amorphous pieces that aren’t representational. Some of the sculptures are painted white. Others, he says, use many colors and look “as if a painted canvas were wrapped around a sculpture”; peeking out from beneath the canvas are clips of newspaper ads and stories, which further the ambiguous nature of Phipps’s work. Why did he leave these pieces showing? Do they point to a larger theme? Or is their sole purpose to spawn a game of 20 Questions? Noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. 1709 Westheimer. The show opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 9, and runs through June 27. For information, call 713-523-3669 or visit www.domystore.com. Free.
May 9-June 27, 2008

 
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