Phil Campbell was instrumental in making Fountain Square an arts destination when he and partner Ed Funk acquired the old G.C. Murphy department store and turned it into the Murphy Arts Center. That’s Campbell’s entrepreneurial side. Campbell the artist has recently shown in the Toy Show at Primary Colours and has work available for inspection at Oskar Friedl Gallery in Chicago. You can see what he’s up to by going to his Web site: www.hh217.com
Q: What are you reading now? A: CREAM 3, but I recommend Getting It In The Head by Mike MacCormack and Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott. Q:What do you like about the Indianapolis art scene? A:: There is an incredible amount of true talent here and the powers that be are finally beginning to realize that art is the only thing that will turn this town into “a world-class city.” Q:What don’t you like? A: The meekness of the artists and the audience. There is this “The galleries won’t show it, nobody will buy it, so I won’t make it” attitude. It’s hilarious how intimidated people are about closely examining erotic work. Hey! Its hanging on the wall with a spot light on it. You are supposed to look at it, dumbass! Q: What inspires you? A: My wife, Jo. Q: Drug of choice? A: Sex. Q:What is the hardest thing about what you do? A: Deciding whether or not to include the ears. Q: What is your favorite TV commercial? A: I hate TV. Q: Can love be pornographic? A: Absolutely! But only if the TV isn’t on.