Fishing the streams of consciousness
It’s got to be the “Emerald Sole” that you can see from the sidewalk through one of the big windows of the Barton Gallery, at 1723 I Street. That’s the one that lures you in, with a yolk spreading its surrounding white into the perfect shape of a flounder in a thick, black, cast-iron skillet hanging on the wall. Or it could be the “Hot Day for Banana Fish,” a Chiquita banana morphed into a fish atop a pile of flexible black dominos frying on a cast-iron griddle.
But there’s no cast iron and no real banana peel here. It’s all clay, sculpted by Mike Dickau in Freudian Fishes, up until October 5. Dickau offers his graphics, too: compelling amalgamations of memories and streams of consciousness. But it’s his sculpture, reflecting the humorous influence of UC Davis professor David Gilhooly, that’s the most tempting bait. For more information, call (916) 443-4025.