“A working mans hands are the hands of an artist.” – Kelly & Kyle Phelps
Raised in a working class family, Kelly and Kyle Phelps understand the value of working hard every single day. The twin sculptors from Toledo, who look at themselves as “one person in two bodies,” have taken a monumental turn in the art realm by displaying incredible pieces that depict the hardships of those men and women who endure the conditions of manual labor but aren’t recognized for all they do. Their art profoundly captures the essence of life in the Rust Belt through the eyes of factory workers.
As African-American men, they initially thought it was their duty to take their art in the direction of angry African art. What they came to understand is that the hard-working men their father raised them to be is who they actually are. And as you watch the video and listen to them speak, listen closely to what it means to them to be proud of who they are and where they come from.
Their exhibit, “Blue Collar,” appears at the Canton Museum of Art through March 6. For info, visit www.cantonart.org/exhibits/current.