Conduits: Paintings from the 1980s
Published by Hatje Cantz

In 1980 Peter Halley painted his first “prisons,” re-deploying the language of geometric abstraction in response to physical and bureaucratic environments. Radically deconstructing the language of abstraction, he re-imagined it not as a utopian source of liberation, but as a dystopian symbol of the regulation of physical and social space. As he wrote in 1990: “I wanted to draw attention to this geometricised, rationalised, quantified world. I saw it as a world characterised by efficiency, by regimentation of movement, bureaucracies, whether in the corporation, government, or university.” Working in the era of the mass adoption of personal computers and the advent of the Internet, he developed a tightly organized system of discrete, geometric forms that he refers to as “prisons,” “conduits,” and “cells.” Adopting non-traditional materials such as Roll- A-Tex, a paint additive that provides a readymade texture, and Day-Glo fluorescent colors, he referenced a pervasive mechanization of the human touch and technology in the postmodern environment. Set within the context of a prolific period of painting and critical writing in the 1980s, this catalogue traces the development of Halley’s singular pictorial vocabulary.

Peter Halley is a central figure of the Neo-Geo movement and the East Village art scene of the 1980s. After studying in Yale and New Orleans, he became known for his geometric abstractions as well as for his critical writings influenced by post-structuralist theory, in which he linked the digital revolution, New Wave and visual arts. From 1996 – 2005 he was the publisher of index magazine, a landmark platform of indie culture in that era.

피터 핼리 Peter Halley는 1980년대에 네오-지오 Neo-Geo 운동과 뉴욕 이스트 빌리지 예술계에서 중요한 역할을 한 인물로, 그의 기하학적 추상화와 포스트 구조주의 이론이 돋보이는 비평적 글쓰기로 유명합니다.

1980년, 피터 핼리는 물리적 및 관료적인 사회 환경에 대응하여 기하학적 추상화를 주요 소재로 한 ‘감옥 Prison’ 시리즈를 제작했습니다. 그는 추상화를 이상적인 해방의 원천으로만 보지 않고, 오히려 이를 육체적 및 사회적인 규제를 상징하는 패권적인 상징물로 새롭게 해석했습니다. 뿐만 아니라, 그는 롤어택스 Roll-A-Tex나 데이글로 Day-Glo와 같은 비전통적인 재료를 사용하여, 기존의 예술적인 표현 방식을 넘어서 포스트모던 환경에서의 인간의 손길과 기술의 기계화에 대한 비판적인 시각을 제시했습니다.

『Conduits: Paintings from the 1980s』는 피터 핼리의 경력 첫 10년을 재조명하며, 공공 및 개인 소장품에서 수집한 30점이 넘는 그림을 통해 이전에는 공개되지 않았던 드로잉, 스케치, 메모와 함께 상징적인 작품을 소개합니다.







ISBN 9783775755108

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