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Phil Hale, Life Wants to Live at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Life Wants to Live 7 and 11
Life Wants to Live 7 and 11 (All Photos By Gail)

I wasn’t surprised to learn that painter Phil Hale used to do illustrations for Stephen King books, because his paintings delicately embrace the dreamlike, foreboding essence of a horror novel. Simultaneously compelling and repellent, Hale creates imagined visual tableaus “derived from images appropriated from the internet and analogue archives.” The exhibit’s accompanying press release reveals that” this new series of paintings and drawings are an artifact of the instability and uncertainty that characterizes our era.”

Life Wants to Live  14

The paintings that make up Life Wants to Live — each eponymously titled with an added number — are creepy, frightening and also very beautiful, and you can see that Hale has great talent as a realist painter who knows how to put a twist on the familiar without treading into the realm of the surreal.

Life Wants to Live 2 and 3
Life Wants to Live 2 and 3

Using both form and abstraction, the works convey the struggle to process, reconcile and structure an overwhelming flood of imagery and data. His realignments and mash-ups of the human form are truncated, extruded and redirected, suggesting not only the impossibility of constructing a meaningful whole from available fragments but also the unreliability of any interpretation at all.

Life Wants to Live 13
Life Wants to Live 13

Hale’s work also reminds of of painter Brett Amory, another artist represented by the Levine gallery. Phil Hale is an American living and working in London. I am glad to have discovered his work through the LeVine Gallery.

Phil Hale’s Life Wants to Live will be on Exhibit Through March 21st, 2015 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.


Remembering Cozy Powell

On This Date, April 5th, in 1998: Cozy Powell (born Colin Flooks), drummer for Jeff Beck, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath (among many others) died in a car accident in Bristol, England at the age of 50. RIP Cozy.

Classic New Wave Single of the Day: The Normal’s “T.V.O.D.”

On This Date, April 6th, in 1978: The Normal released its only single, “T.V.O.D.” backed by “Warm Leatherette” – which, at least in the circles I ran in back in the day, was as big a “hit” as the A side. The Normal was really just a solo project by London film student Daniel Miller, who went on to form Mute Records. Distinguished by Miller’s monotone vocals and minimal, electronic beats, both songs deal lyrically with fairly bizarre fetish behaviors. “T.V.O.D” tells of a person who inserts a Television aerial (antennae) into his veins, literally overdosing on TV signals. “Warm Leatherette” – like David Cronenberg’s 1996 film, Crash – is about a guy who gets off by having sex in the aftermath of a fatal car crash. If this post has piqued your curiosity at all, you can download a ringtone of “Warm Leatherette” at this link.

Thanks to The P5 Blogspot For The Tip!