Lee Byung Hun
Despite how they may appear, Peter Halley does not entitle his works as abstract art, nor does he define himself as an abstract artist. Forms such as windows, cells, and urban areas are simply highlighted with lines and squares. The recursive forms and images of the vertical stripes and rectangles in his pieces symbolize everyday surroundings represented by digitized modern network system.
Born and raised in New York City, Peter Halley studied art history at Yale University and practical art technique at the University of New Orleans. Following his first solo show in 1978, he managed to enter into the limelight with his exhibition at the Modern Museum of Art (MoMA) in New York. Afterwards, his works were exhibited in Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, and Seoul. His art is favorably commented on in the New York art scene as abstract work that criticizes abstraction and that acts as a parody of modernist formalism and abstractionism.
Artwork of American modern artists Peter Halley and Lauren Clay is displayed behind the front desk, where guests come to check in and out of the hotel. The works of Peter Halley, who primarily employs geometric lines and figures, represent the network—including phones, computers, and the internet—that permeates modern civilization, including urban areas. With Lauren Clay's mural painting formed of exquisite curves and Peter Halley's line-based paintings, this location creates an impressive harmony. After observing the space, Peter Halley's co-op proposal brought it all together.