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Peter Halley - New Works - Exhibitions - Lopez de la Serna CAC

Same Time, 2003



Halley’s work is characterized by chromatic intensity and uses of the language of geometric abstraction, in his case always with a figurative referent. He recontextualizes the geometric abstraction of the avant-garde and preceding movements in an urban environment, providing a social and aesthetic critique of Modernism’s idealism. His paintings reflect the organizational infrastructure of contemporary social space and the intense flux of people, commerce, and data in the post-industrial urban landscape of the digital age; metaphors for the places where we live and work, as computer chips and communication channels. His large-scale canvases with pure colours combine the recurrent use of cell and circuit patterns with flat and relief elements, employing a reduced formal vocabulary that plays with variations of scale and combination or repetition.