Claudia Hart, ‘Dream’, 2009, bitforms gallery

Dream is a fluid environment evoking x-rays and the style of medical imaging as well as biological elements. Semi abstract, the animation suggests cells, blood vessels and a range of the visceral emissions that come from bodies. Dream is also a way of imagining a digital body, on the edge of the abstract or the graphic, yet with the slow time and space of a painting or a dream or a dream of painting.

Dream consists of two parts. In the first, a fish-eye super wide-angle virtual camera has been rotated 90 degrees to be vertically oriented in the horizontal space. In the second, the camera's view point is similarly rotated from frontal to upwards. Both camera moves are unfamiliar because impossible with analog cameras, and so were deployed to create a sense of spatial ambiguity.

The sound track, by composer Edmund Campion, also functions on an edge between representation and avant- garde composition, integrating sounds emitted by bodies and fluids with classical compositional strategies.

Framed screen: 15 x 23.5 x 3.5" / 38 x 60 x 9 cm
Shelf: 3.5 x 16.8 x 9.6" / 9 x 42.5 x 24.4 cm

About Claudia Hart

Claudia Hart’s works juxtapose the futuristic and the classical, combining 3-D animation software with such canonical images as the nude female form and still lifes of apples. Hart presents themes of death and the inevitable ravages of time, offset by a vision of an alternate technological universe in which plastic bodies elude decay. Though patently artificial, the figures in Hart’s film installations emote in a recognizably human way as they are put through often agonizing processes involving containment and atrophy. For the series “PhotoMortifications” (2007-2009), Hart superimposed 3-D images of decomposing statues on to photographs of large modern public interiors. In a similar interplay between artifice and authenticity, “The Real and the Fake” (2011) features photographed edibles of questionable nutritional value with computer-generated images of flawless apples, inspired by the decline in the quality of food.

American, b. 1955, New York, New York, based in Chicago & New York

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