EDMOND — A show of bronze sculpture by David Phelps and oil paintings by Kevin Tero wraps up Friday in the newly remodeled Melton Gallery at the University of Central Oklahoma.
An internationally known Oklahoma City artist who was UCO's first sculpture teacher from 1989 to 1994, Phelps shows smaller and medium-sized versions of some of his best known sculptures. Particularly iconic is Phelps' bronze sculpture of a male “Pastoral Dreamer,” clad in camp attire, lying back with his legs crossed and head resting on hands, his body cut off by the display stand.
Female figurative subjects include a polychrome “Woman Bathing” inside part of the lip of a gray-white tub, and “Grace,” whose nearly life-size bronze body is cut off by the floor rather than water. A bald, pregnant woman becomes a “Girlbuoy,” the lower part of her body cut off by the stand, while the “Musings” of a seated woman are interrupted by Phelps in his sculpture of that title.
In other Phelps' sculptures, a cracked desert rabbit sits atop a boat-shaped “Watership Down,” and a horned toad, rabbit and turtle are passengers on a dark granite, not necessarily biblical “Arc.” Even more surreal is a bronze, concrete and steel sculpture of part of a woman, standing on the dial of an “Eight Party Line” telephone, and part of a man, rolling backward out of a “Royal” typewriter.