Crimes Against Nature
Solo Exhibition by Phoenix Lindsey-Hall
Exhibition Dates: October 24 - November 23, 2014
Duke University, Louise Jones Brown Gallery, 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Opening Reception: October 24, 2014, 4:30-6:30pm, Artist Talk to follow from 5:15-6:30pm at the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
The Brown Gallery of Duke University is proud to announce, “Crimes Against Nature,” by Brooklyn-based artist and North Carolina native Phoenix Lindsey-Hall. In this solo show, Lindsey-Hall uses ceramic to transform everyday objects that were used as weapons in specific gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) hate crimes. Working primarily in bisque white clay, Lindsey-Hall twists and contorts these known forms, such as wrenches, cans and rocks. As these objects are transformed, they become a stand in for the body during such violent acts. Hammers become limbs; Bats become bodies. The disturbance of everyday objects calls into question the culture in which they exist.
This exhibition is a part of Queering Duke History, a month-long commemoration of LGBT history at Duke and the larger community. This event is co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Commemorative Committee, the DUU Visual Arts Committee, and the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity.
The cornerstone of this show is her large-scale ceramic installation, which is derived from a hate crime that happened just blocks from her home in Brooklyn, NY. This piece, titled "Flame Tempered," is a post-minimalist row of bone-like ceramic baseball bats placed simply on the gallery floor. Evoking bodies, this work toggles between traditional American symbol of masculinity, and violent weapon.
Similarly, "Hammer and Nail" is a large wall-hung installation in which several hammers are hung on nails. Each ceramic hammer is bent and mangled in impossible ways. The repetition and physical transformation of a familiar household object eludes the passage of time and an imbued history. While some hammers evoke a feel of violent uneasiness, others are playful and nearly silly.
Exploring themes of violence based on difference, “Crimes Against Nature” reminds the viewer of the fragility of life not just for sexual minorities, but for us all.