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Look closely: the artwork of Phil Denker

Work by Phil Denker
Work by Phil Denker

Artist Philip Denker talks about a piece from his exhibit Screensaver, now on view at the Winchester Cultural Center: “This is a detail of a piece titled ‘Magic Carpet.’ All four pieces in the show are made of coroplast (corrugated plastic), pipe cleaners and a plastic acrylic frame. This particular piece contains about 50,000 1-inch pieces of pipe cleaner. They are plugged into each cell of the coroplast, creating an obsessive, carpet-like pattern.

“Carpet, more specifically casino carpet, is such a great visual subject matter. ‘Magic Carpet’ was influenced by the kitschy, optically naseous carpet at a downtown casino. Thinking about it, I’m not sure if it’s the horrible lighting or the 30-year-old stains that enhance the visual experience. For whatever reason, I decided to take what I remembered from the patterns, and create my own stylized, romantic version of it. Vegas is sort of a visual library for sensory overload — as an artist, it only makes sense to take advantage of it.”

Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., through Aug. 17, at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, 455-7340