There is much joy in this work, a taste of freedom, a little bit of irreverence, perhaps even a little self-deprecation, and a good dose of wry humor. There is hope in this work; its playfulness and his unabashed mastery of the technique has allowed Fobes to push his signature style a little bit further. Small gestures like inserting another colored band within one that already exists are subtle but effective methods to keep us paying attention and, most important, looking for clues. It is, I believe, Fobes at his best. If he continues in this way, handling the work with intelligence and great sensitivity, it will reward him and us greatly. It will also avoid relying entirely on the tape to do the talking; keeping the groupies outside and the rest of us enthralled.
photo: Philipp Scholz Rittermann