January 20, 2012

Green light: Peter Halley in Portland

On Sunday, "Prison," Peter Halley's first exhibition in the Northwest, opens at Disjecta, a non-profit space in Portland. The  site-specific installation is a digitally generated mural of repeated prison icons, covering three walls of Disjecta’s 3000 square foot gallery. As in previous work, the project unites Halley's interest in visual and architectural systems, but the new work attempts to create an immersive experience that weds the "geometry of the social with the mall-level spectacle of saturated fluorescent color."

"Prison" is essentially a collage of simple studies for Halley's prison paintings, lit with green colored theater lights. The background is printed in an olive green and the line work is dark magenta. Halley says he wanted to create “a gloomy, Samuel Beckett interior of endless prisons.”

For previous site-specific installations, Halley has delivered mural-sized variations of his vibrantly-colored geometric conduit imagery, which he links to the deconstructionism of Jean Baudrillard and Michel Foucault and the social experience of space in our society. The "Prison" installation marks Halley's first attempt to incorporate theater lighting into the mix, which seems to add a compelling emotional component to his hard-edged, resolutely cheerful abstraction.

Peter Halley, installation view of "Prison." When viewers stand in the middle, I hope they can hear the lights hum.

Peter Halley's wallpaper for "Prison."

Peter Halley installation, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, 2007

Peter Halley installation at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, 2006.

"Peter Halley: Prison," curated by Jenene Nagy. Disjecta, Portland, OR. January 22-February 25, 2012.
On Friday, January 20, 7 pm, Halley will give a lecture about his work at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.


Related posts:
Peter Halley's grim vision
James Kalm Report in Peter Halley's studio in 2011

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1 comments:

My name Is JJ I attend Pcc And enjoy very much learning about social arts. I will be attending this Gallery on saturday and look forward to learning a great deal about Peter and his work,

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