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Norman exhibition features work of three artistic friends



Three artists currently exhibiting works at Norman's Mainsite Contemporary Art gallery are revealing their individual histories through prints, paintings, bronze and wax. 

David Phelps organized the exhibition, which includes his work and pieces by Michael Almaguer and Jose Rodriguez "? both friends of his who have inspired his own work, he said.

Phelps grew up on a farm on Roberts Island, Calif., an area located on a delta between rivers that flow from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the San Francisco Bay.

Almaguer's work also involves personal narratives, which he explores through paintings and drawings, as well as monotypes, dry point etching and digital printing.

Almaguer grew up in French Camp, Calif., just five miles from the island on which Phelps lived. He didn't meet Phelps, however, until community college when he was 18.

Rodriguez was born in Venezuela, but now lives in the Austin, Texas, area. He met Phelps while they were both studying at the University of Oklahoma. His recent works are encaustics made from built-up layers of pigmented wax.

Most of his pieces in the show are portraits, although they're not of people Rodriguez knows. Rather, they are what he calls a "fictional autobiography" created from stories triggered by personal memories behind each piece.  

"?Allison Meier


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