When: March 18-April 18 2015
Phil Campbell’s enormous catfish, carved from African mahogany and painted with high flow acrylic, fills an entire wall in iMOCA’s middle gallery, measuring 22.5 by 11.5 feet. The symbiosis between wood-carving and painting is seamless. (That is also to say that this seems to be a living, breathing work of art.) And so is the attention to detail, particularly in the catfish’s scales. Inspired by a Richard Brautigan poem and Japanese woodblock prints — and motivated by the artist’s desire to put a smile on people’s faces — it’s a piece to spend time with and show your children.