From 12th of May to 21st of August 2016
HALLEY EXAMINES IN HIS GEOMETRICAL ABSTRACT PAINTING AND SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATIONS THE SPATIAL AS WELL AS COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES THAT DOMINATE EVERYDAY LIFE.
Already 30 years ago, Peter Halley (*1953) was far ahead of his time. With his Prison and Cell paintings, he manifested the reasoning, interdependencies and organizational forms of the artwork and the social space. Since the 1980s, Peter Halley examines in his geometrical abstract painting and site-specific installations the spatial as well as communication and organizational structures that dominate everyday life. In today’s world, where our lives are influenced and modified by algorithms of the digital industry and by the surface appeal of the media world, we find ourselves, as it were, amidst a Halley-ian composition. In an installation exclusively developed for the free accessible Rotunda of the SCHIRN, Halley will work intensively with the quite specific spatial conditions. The combination of various motives from the spectrum of the artist oeuvre will create both an explosive energy field and an analytical map of his work. Halley will form a cell for a key work from his historical oeuvre; an art work that could hardly be any larger, more elaborate, or more expansive and which, in turn, feeds back to the original nucleus of the artist’s creative power.