A farewell to Stone Pharaohs

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Closing Reception: Phil Ochs’ Stone Pharaohs

Little Village HQ — Friday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m.

Phil Ochs' Stone Pharaohs
‘S. Dubuque Street Cottages’ by Phil Ochs, part of the Stone Pharaohs exhibit that closes this Friday.

Drawings and paintings by local artist Phil Ochs have been on display at the new Little Village office since its opening in December. The series, Stone Pharaohs, depicts buildings in the Iowa City area that either are slated to be demolished or recently have been. The Friday, Feb. 12 celebration marks the show’s final day.

Ochs was moved to create the series as a way to remember the disappearing city of his childhood. “Some of the buildings I spent a lot of time inside and had a formative effect on my youth,” he says. He mentions specifically United Action for Youth, the Unitarian church and the “old Tofu Hut cottage.”

He’ll be moving on from this particular bout of nostalgia, though. Ochs has no plans to tour this exhibit, and in fact wants to pull back from his recent focus on exhibiting and create new work.

Ochs, who holds a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Iowa, has a long-term film project on the horizon and expects that he’ll also keep drawing and painting while he pursues that. “I don’t really know what motivates me to create,” he says. “It’s kinda now or never all the time.”

For anyone who hasn’t seen the Stone Pharaohs series, it’s now or never for that, as well. The closing reception begins at 5 p.m. on Friday.

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