Peter Halley at Almine Rech
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Peter Halley
at Almine Rech

By Rory Mitchell | Shanghai, 22 March 2021

Peter Halley explores the 'mythic power' of the grid in a suite of three new paintings at Almine Rech's Shanghai outpost (19 March–30 April 2021).

Iridescent colours are partitioned across geometric cells, each surrounded by a border of Roll-A-Tex that gives the paintings a contrast between smooth and sandy surfaces.

Peter Halley, Law of Attraction (2021). Acrylic, fluorescent acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on canvas. 167 .6 x 152.4 cm.

Peter Halley, Law of Attraction (2021). Acrylic, fluorescent acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on canvas. 167 .6 x 152.4 cm. Courtesy Almine Rech.

Popular in the 1970s and 80s to provide a decorative finish to buildings, Roll-A-Tex has contributed to Halley's 30-year visual exploration of the 'cells, conduits, and systems' that define contemporary society in an age of increasing isolation.

Exploring isolation through the window of technology and its impact on human behaviour, Halley's work finds heightened relevance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Created during the pandemic, the pink and purple palettes of these paintings could be perceived as 'a declaration of love', as the exhibition's curator, Lu Mingjun, suggests, noting that only love 'can motivate life to be liberated from imperceptible imprisonment and isolation'.—[O]

Main image: Peter Halley, Law of Attraction (2021) (detail). Acrylic, fluorescent acrylic and Roll-A-Tex on canvas. 167 .6 x 152.4 cm. Courtesy Almine Rech.


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Bright by Peter Halley contemporary artwork painting
Peter Halley Bright, 2018 Day-Glo, Roll-a-Tex and acrylic on canvas
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Dust by Peter Halley contemporary artwork painting
Peter Halley Dust, 2009 Acrylic, Day-Glo acrylic and Roll-a-Tex on canvas
203.2 x 144.8 cm
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Real Time by Peter Halley contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Peter Halley Real Time, 2008 Acrylic, day-glo acrylic, Roll-a-Tex on canvas
75 x 79 1/2 inches
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