Peter Halley (born 1953 in New York, USA) is a New York-based American abstract artist and writer. He was significantly influenced by Josef Albers' Interaction of Color, 1981 as a young artist in training, evidence of which is visible throughout his career. Influenced by Minimalism and Neo-conceptual Art, his bright geometric abstractions—described as "prisons" and "cells" by the artist—deal with the increasing geometrization of social… Read more
About the artwork
In Exploding Cell, Halley continues his exploration of his distinctive cell and prison imagery first produced in the 80s. In this 1994 series of Exploding Cells, Halley creates a comic-strip style narrative, in which the cell undergoes various transformative states, from whole to exploding, and then from meltdown to nothingness. The narrative begins with his characteristic cell and conduit theme in the first print, in which a bleak architectural structure is depicted with smoke bellowing from above, besides the underground tunnel below.