The works of New York based painter Halsey Hathaway are deeply influenced by the expanding notions of light, color and perception. Constructed through a process of layering dyed canvas, his stenciled compositions appear like colored shadows, shifting in color and depth depending on the viewers subjectivity. Hathaway says of his works, “while the paintings are very graphic in one way, they are not iconic images. They are vulnerable objects. The works should be seen over time, allowing them to develop with the subjective viewer's stream of consciousness, bridging the gap with the changing physical environment, which can also influence one's perceptions. I am not making absolutes. I do not wish to control the viewer's ever-changing perceptions, which construct the vulnerability I am talking about. I make paintings that are to be encountered physically, aspiring to raise the viewer's consciousness of their own perceptual experience.”
Hathaway is included in the group exhibition PaintersNYC at El Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños. Past exhibitions include Rawson Projects, New York, Philip Bloom Gallery, Nantucket, MA, Kristen Lorello, New York, Denny Gallery, New York, Silas Marder Gallery, Storefront Bushwick, Brooklyn and McKenzie Fine Art, New York.
Quote courtesy of Rawson Projects