Terry Haggerty — in between elements
The interplay between illusion and reality has always fascinated the artist. The oldest examples of trompe-l’oeils, images involving a skilled use of perspective to create the illusion that the objects are three-dimensional, have been found in Pompeii. The minimalist paintings by the native British artist Terry Haggerty are exceptionally contemporary even though their central theme is about playing with illusion. Fine lines either solidify or move away from one another on canvas or on walls; they taper towards the edges and hence give the impression of depth and corporeality. The signature of the artist; brush strokes; and all gestural spontaneity have disappeared from these images. Other signs of authorship, such as a monogram, are also missing. Nothing but pure painting can be seen. The painting by the artist who can be seen standing in the landscape with easel and palette or is externalising his innermost self has been detached from that of a rationally– acting minimalist subordinating technical approach to artistic strategy. Perfect and cool, almost as if machine– made, the evenly toned structures seem to reinterpret the vocabulary of Minimal Art. The subtle and only initially monochrome-appearing spectrum of colours chosen by Haggerty ranges from deep black to bright yellow; and from lush orange to metallic shades such as silver. In some works, the hues change so minimally that only your subconscious perceives a slight variation.