by Etty Yaniv
All photos courtesy of Phoenix Lindsey-Hall unless otherwise indicated
Flame Tempered by Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, 2013; photograph by Alexis Devaney
It is hard to believe that the imagery in Flame Tempered, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall’s evocative ceramic installation at The Living Gallery derives from hard data. Floating in various heights on fishing lines, the bone-white unglazed ceramic pieces evoke hybrids of skeleton, skin, and twisted baseball bats, which are grouped to form an uncategorized biomorphic system. Reduced and lit from the inside, the ceramic objects consist of short linear shapes that cross, overlap, and run parallel to each other, thus casting dramatic shadows on the floor and the surrounding walls. They convey a rhythmic dance of light and dark, a visually enticing installation that compels the viewer to walk around and then try to decode the narrative from up close.
Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Flame Tempered at the Living Gallery, 2013
Politically charged and highly focused, the narrative in Flame Tempered is born out of research about queer hate-crimes. Before conceptualizing the look of the project, the Bushwick-based artist studied more than fifty LGBT hate-crime cases from 1970 to 2010. By trolling the internet and microfiche achieves, Lindsey-Hall found a link connecting this cross section of cases: The weapons used were often seemingly banal objects such as a hammer, a bat, or a bottle. “These weapons can rarely be used at a distance, illustrating the intimacy of the act as blood and sweat merge in struggle,” she emphasizes.
Amazing profile of Phoenix Lindsey-Hall’s work. Thank you Arts in Bushwick!
Flame Tempered was organized as a collaboration between The Living Gallery and Slideluck. We are so proud to present Phoenix’s work, please join us tonight for the opening, and Monday night for the artist talk, potluck, and movie night.