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Satellite Exhibition: Flag at FLIGHT

Artspace is excited to program satellite exhibitions with Community Partners in the Triangle. Featuring artwork by Artspace Artist Members, former Artists-in-Residence and regional artists, the exhibitions range from solo to group shows.

Lincoln Hancock


Exhibition: July 1-late September
First Friday Gallery Walks: August 5, September 2

We now have even more reason to celebrate on First Fridays!

FLAG was fueled by the FLIGHT fund and supported by fellow public art supporters Deco Raleigh, Visual Art Exchange, Artspace, Downtown Raleigh Alliance, and Offline Media. The space for this installation is graciously provided by LM Restaurants. FLIGHT is a citizen-organized fund designed to propel creative urban projects. Donate, apply, and learn more at flightraleigh.org.

Located at 17 E Martin St, Raleigh.

Lincoln Hancock, Flag, detail

Artist Statement

FLAG is a site-specific, interactive installation designed to invite play and reflection in a contested urban space.

On its surface, the work transforms a vacant storefront on into a surprising, responsive encounter with color and light. Its motion-activated spectrum is comprised of gridded illuminated columns that trace movements along the heavily-traveled Martin Street sidewalk.

But context of the piece encourages a deeper read. The colors that line the space evoke the rainbow pride flag. And the project blazons this image just a few blocks south of the North Carolina State Legislative Building, where the General Assembly has been engaged (from Amendment One to HB2) in targeting and demeaning the communities represented here.

FLAG invites a participatory response to the state’s politics. When every trigger is activated, the whole image glows. The installation is meant as a provocation, asking every person on the street to consider his or her relationship to the flag as a symbol, and to current and ongoing struggles for civil rights and a just society.

Lincoln Penn Hancock is a visual artist, designer and musician with a background in Philosophy and a graduate degree in Graphic Design. He was a 2013 recipient of a Regional Artist Project Grant from the United Arts Council. His work was recently featured in a show exploring the intersection of text and image at the North Carolina Museum of Art.