Ancient structures found in many cultures from around the globe are inherent in weaving, but it is Hallman’s ability to combine them with his interest in healing, spirituality, implied energies, movement, and integrative therapies that makes his artwork distinct. Hallman manipulates warp and weft to produce evocative and powerful imagery in his woven works of art. In utilizing a variety of weaving techniques — loom, interlacing, knitting, crocheting, knotting, looping — the artist uses the ethnic lore and sacred geometry of weaving as a substrate in which he entwines his inner journey of strife, loss, healing, acceptance, love and empowerment. Hallman says, “The evolving work itself can be a metaphor for the ‘ongoing’ integration of the physical life and the spiritual life.” This unique approach towards weaving is due in part to the artist’s training as an Alexander Technique teacher, Rolfing Structural Integration therapist, his study of Movement Work, and his lifelong interest in dance.
Among many honors, Hallman was inducted into the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 1988 and received the Governor of Pennsylvania Outstanding Contributions to the Commonwealth Award in 2001. His artwork is found in numerous public collections including: The Hermitage State Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia; National Design Museum, New York; Museum of Applied Art, Helsinki, Finland; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Renwick Collection, and Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania.
—Elisabeth R. Agro