A Story

In Moby-Dick the chapter is called “The Town-Ho’s Story,” and the story is of an encounter with the white whale. In Stella’s piece the ship is heeling over, and from the side it looks like it’s taken a hit. Jammed into the honeycomb aluminum side is what looks like a normal Moby Dick work, composed of the usual Chinese lattice and a bent and folded wave/whale shapeThis configuration seems to push through the 

Side view of "The Town-Ho's Story"

Side view of “The Town-Ho’s Story”

wall, bulging into the “hold” of the ship and compressing the contents. Stella’s sculpture is violently dramatic—nothing static about this pile of metal.

a whale(?) pushing through the honeycomb wall of the ship

a whale(?) pushing through the honeycomb wall of the ship

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