Terry Haggerty’s practice encompasses painting and large-scale wall works which draw on the vocabulary of abstract art. Characterised by ambiguous, colourful linear patterns – which often overlap one another or recede into the background – two dimensional works appear three dimensional. In his study of space and sensory perception, Haggerty not only manipulates the viewers’ experience of the works, but also of the space which surrounds them.
Haggerty’s distinct, sleek paintings are made by applying multiple layers of varnish to level wooden panels. The viewer is invariably drawn to the works’ flatness, the technically flawless surface, and the perfect uniformity of the meandering lines. Although initially the pieces may appear aesthetically simplistic, they belie a complex sentiment interlinked with the concept of the trompe-l’oeil; the interplay between reality and illusion.
Born in London, England, the artist studied at the Cheltenham School of Art in Gloucestershire. He currently lives and works in Berlin. Haggerty has exhibited widely at galleries and museums around the world, including Sikkema Jenkins, New York; Max Hetzler, Berlin; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Aldrich Museum, Conecticut; and PS1, Long Island City.
Haggerty has also participated in two artist-in- residency programs at MacDowell (2002), and the International Studio Program for the Arts in Copenhagen (2003). Commissions include wall drawings for Dallas Cowboys Stadium, Munich Re, London, and private collections in the US and Germany.
The exhibition will be open at von Bartha S-chanf from 3-6pm during 27 – 30 December 2016. From 3 January – 3 February 2017 viewing is by appointment only.