Flame Tempered


[Presented by Slideluck and The Living Gallery]

On December 7, 2008 two Ecuadorian brothers left a Brooklyn church party arm and arm as they walked home along Bushwick Avenue. As they approached Kossuth Place, suddenly two men jumped out of an SUV at a stoplight, yelling anti-gay and anti-immigrant slurs. While one brother was able to escape the attack with minor injuries, the other was not as lucky, suffering a fatal beating with a baseball bat and a glass bottle.

This tragic incident will be explored by mixed media artist Phoenix Lindsey-Hall in her first New York solo show at Living Gallery titled, “Flame Tempered.” With quiet beauty and grace, Lindsey-Hall transforms the everyday objects that were used as weapons in this specific case. Primarily using ceramic, clay becomes skin as she presses into the object’s surface, leaving the trace of the artist’s hand and simultaneously representing the act of violence. Here the twisting, mutilation and ultimate undoing of the body is transferred to the objects. The disturbance of everyday objects calls into question the social system in which they exist.

Phoenix was selected as the audience favorite from the 29 artists who were shown at Slideluck Bushwick II to receive a solo exhibition at The Living Gallery.  Flame Tempered was on view from November 22nd through 27th, with an opening reception on the 22nd. The artist will gave a talk on Saturday, November 23rd from 4-6 PM, and hosted the Living Gallery’s Movie Night on Monday the 25th.

[Photos by Winston Struye, Meryl Meisler, and Jen Plaskowitz]

Phoenix Lindsey-Hall is a mixed media artist who earned a MFA in Photography from Parsons The New School of Design in 2013 and a BFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art in 2004. Lindsey-Hall has shown in various galleries in New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Louisville, KY, Savannah GA and in Pingyao, China. She is currently in a 6-month residency program at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ. She was also a recent participant in the current Emerge Program with the Aljira Center for Contemporary Arts in Newark, NJ. Her most recent body of work, After Kempf, is a photographic and sculptural exploration of violence, trauma and hate crimes based on regulating difference.

[Curtesy of the artist]

Please visit www.phoenixlindseyhall.com for more information.

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