Péter Tamás Halász


Born 1969 in Budapest, Hungary

The idea of surface and texture has always played a crucial role in my work.  In the recent years the veneer of my objects bear an important reference to semiotics: the change of a motif’s ’original’ surface according to absurdity or to the analogy / metaphor of texture.

Reflecting exteriors were always most interesting to me.  I apply mirrors in order to manually create fractals or to form mirror-tunnels.  The achieved multiplied, infinite images concern the context of a peculiar motif’s meaning or are used as technical metaphors.  My objects suggest various questions of representation, such as the visibility and appearance of fractal systems.  These works are in fact between being material and solely visual: they portray the meta-structure of an image, but also their build-up resembles objects, and can be viewed as such.

Péter Tamás Halász, Installation out of range, 2004, pistol: 47.2 x 29.5 x 13 inches, circle: 59.1 inches cross section, 9.8 in tall, pistol covered with reflecting foil, round glass plate, an engine of a disco-ball
Péter Tamás Halász, Light Tent, 2007, 49.6 x 13.8 x 2.4 inches, glass plate and mirror covered with reflecting and solar foil, neon tube
Péter Tamás Halász, Babel, 2009, 17.7 x 8.3 x 8.3 inches, used PC main-boards, functioning winchester, leds
Péter Tamás Halász, Hot Tower I, 2009, 59.1 x 11.4 x 11 inches, heat pipe, aluminium plates, hot-plate, cooling system
Péter Tamás Halász, Trophy, 2007, 21.7 x 21.7 x 5.5 inches, wood, laminated foil with wooden pattern