Join OutRight's executive director, Jessica Stern, who will be speaking about the importance of art to queer communities at a panel about the incredible Phoenix Lindsey-Hall at the Victori + Mo Gallery in Bushwick. Phoenix has created a mind-bogglingly beautiful and moving installation of porcelain white disco balls in tribute to the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
We welcome art critic, historian & curator William J. Simmons (@wj_simmons) and Executive Director of leading human rights organization OutRight Action International (@outrightintl) Jessica Stern to an open discussion with former Queer rights activist & artist of "Never Stop Dancing" Phoenix Lindsey-Hall (@phoenixlindseyhall) about the issues facing the LGBTQ community today. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Installation
New York, NY – VICTORI + MO is pleased to present Never Stop Dancing, a new installation from Phoenix Lindsey-Hall featuring 49 illuminated, slip cast porcelain disco balls—an homage to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in June, 2016. Never Stop Dancing opens January 6, 2016 and on view through February 12, 2017.
Extending from Lindsey-Hall’s ongoing practice examining violence in queer communities through the medium of cast porcelain objects (often ones people have used in hate crimes) the 49 porcelain disco balls that make up Never Stop Dancing will each be illuminated with light and suspended at various heights from the ceiling of the darkened gallery, casting shadows and invoking reflection.
The disco ball is a firmly-rooted signifier of nightclubs and, by extension, celebration. By matting the ball’s traditionally mirrored panels, its reflective quality becomes muted, turning the viewer’s gaze inwards. More heavenly body than corporeal presence, more lamentation than party the clay acts as a surrogate for the body in the way it can be at once fragile and strong. The immediately noticeable lack of music in the space—an otherwise expected presence, again anticipated by the disco ball signifier—manifests a sober, atmospheric commentary on loss—where both the disco balls and the lives they represent once gave light, now they are extinguished.
An erstwhile queer rights lobbyist in Kentucky, Lindsey-Hall’s practice refocuses her advocacy. Never Stop Dancing focuses the conversations concerning queer personhood in the aftermath of the shooting into a deeply humanistic manifestation that recalls the sculptural work of Robert Gober and Kara Walker. Never Stop Dancing looks at how queer nightclubs and bars existed as places of safe harbor while attracting danger just outside. In a post-Pulse reality, Lindsey-Hall asks viewers how we move forward after a harbor has been compromised.
About the Artist
Phoenix Lindsey-Hall (b. 1982) received her MFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design in 2013, and her BFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
About VICTORI + MO
VICTORI + MO is a collaborative effort among dealers, curators, collectors and artists in Bushwick, Brooklyn dedicated to presenting and developing emerging and mid-career contemporary artists who engage with concepts and ideas relevant to life in an increasingly global community. By providing a space unmoored to particular doctrine, VICTORI+MO aims to transcend geographic and cultural boundaries and create dialogue, not only between the art world and viewing public, but across generations.