David Hartt: Interval
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
Through October 11
Canadian artist David Hartt examines the culture and built environment of a given locale through the changing needs and values of its community. For this essayistic series of films and photographs, Hartt selected two economically and geographically isolated sites: Whitehorse in the Canadian Yukon and Sakhalin Island, a Russian territory at the tip of the Japanese archipelago.
The exhibition is accompanied by a musical score by composer Mitchell Akiyama, and backed by a series of walls simulating the reflective exterior of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Hartt’s work focuses on the “periphery of their respective societies” as a precept for commenting on their centers. Meanwhile, the exhibition’s title calls attention to temporal and spatial displacements that occur at these sites in an increasingly globalized world.