PETER HALLEY at ART BASEL UNLIMITED
June 16 - 19, 2016, GALERIE THOMAS, Hall 1.0 - Booth U57
Galerie Thomas presents a new wall installation with paintings by Peter Halley, especially designed for Art Basel Unlimited and titled "Weak Force". Peter Halley will install new so-called "grid" paintings from his recently started series on a wall of 4 meters height and 18 meters length approximately, decorated with a digitally printed wallpaper echoing the colour patterns of the paintings by depicting exploding colour cells. The surface design of the paintings is contrasting the recurring pattern of the wallpaper, creating an impressive colour field that challenges the viewer's perception.
Halley's work has been exploring geometrical patterns, colour and surface structures and their organisation, as an investigation in the structure of modern technological layouts of communication, architecture, supply facilities etc. The domination of digitally defined layouts in frames and layers is visible in all of his works, while in his newest paintings, Halley stresses rectangular colour fields without outlining structures as in his cells, prisons and conduits. Associations of large scale image pixels are still present in these recent works, and therefore also Halley's questions on organisation and construction of space, communication and its regulation.
Peter Halleys grid paintings obviously give a contradictory information on the overall structure which is simultaneously visible and indicates kind of a time structure. It remains unclear if this information concentrates on a certain detail in time or constellation of colour fields or if it is rather a random choice, imposing a point of view that leaves no tolerance to the viewer. Even though the strict rules of composition are clearly visible, Halley reveals how the hierarchy of information influences the rules of perception.
Peter Halley is represented in Germany by Galerie Thomas. The gallery has continuously been presenting solo exhibitions and single works by Peter Halley. The artist's project for Art Basel Unlimited combines both the clearly defined, austere geometrical painting he has been developing for more than three decades and his interest in construction patterns of space and communication. At the same time, the project marks a new phase in Peter Halley's painting and artistic approach.