L5

MAKER:
Artist

Peter Halley ( American, 1953 )

DATE:
1996
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General Description

Peter Halley uses ideas culled from his study of contemporary philosophies including semiology, the study of signs and what they stand for, and deconstruction, which questions such signs and how they signify their meanings. These ideas inform the language Halley has developed to depict systems of geometric forms reminiscent of prison structures, electronic circuitry, and flowcharts. Employing a range of high-keyed color, often day-glo in origin, Halley refers to the history of abstract art pioneered by Mondrian, Malevich, and other nonobjective painters. Unlike these earlier artists' search for art's identity outside the reality of the everyday, Halley places abstraction in the realm of the electronic and architectural present, summoning systems of control and communication somehow eerily familiar to a present-day audience.