David Hartt

  • The Republic

    2014
    Installation: Video (16 mins. 8 secs.); aluminum; poplar; cast bronze
    Dimensions variable Score by Sam Prekop
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic I

    2014
    Pigment print
    149.9 x 224.8 cm
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic II

    2014
    Pigment print
    121.92 x 182.88 cm
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic IV

    2014
    Pigment print
    76.2 x 114.3 cm
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic III

    2014
    Pigment print
    76.2 x 114.3 cm
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic

    2014
    Installation: Video (16 mins. 08 secs.); aluminum; poplar; cast bronze
    Dimensions variable Score by Sam Prekop
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic

    2014
    Video (color, sound)
    16 mins. 8 secs. Score by Sam Prekop
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic

    2014
    Video still
    16 mins. 8 secs.
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

  • The Republic

    2014
    Video still
    16 mins. 8 secs.
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

  • The Republic I

    2014
    Pigment print
    149.9 x 224.8 cm
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic II

    2014
    Pigment print
    121.92 x 182.88 cm
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic IV

    2014
    Pigment print
    78.74 x 114.3 cm
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic II and IV

    2014
    Pigment prints
    121.92 x 182.88 cm 78.74 x 114.3 cm
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • Fragment

    2014
    Cast bronze
    60.96 x 121.92 x 121.92 cm

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • Fragment

    2014
    Cast bronze
    60.96 x 121.92 x 121.92 cm

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

  • The Republic

    2014
    Installation: Video (16 mins. 08 secs.); aluminum; poplar; cast bronze
    Dimensions variable Score by Sam Prekop
    Courtesy of the artist and David Nolan Gallery, New York

    In The Republic Hartt uses a variety of elements to investigate how a culture’s world view and history is reflected in its built environment. Greek urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis proposed new city plans for both Athens and the Detroit region after World War II. These plans were ultimately not realized for various economic and socio-political reasons. United by a soundtrack composed by Sam Prekop, The Republic merges footage Hartt shot in Athens and Detroit to create a fictional hybrid city-state. In the installation, the sculptural forms refer to Detroit’s tallest building, the Renaissance Center, built in the 1970s. The bronze-cast acanthus leaves represent the former glory of classical Greece, while the photograph of the cat invokes the current reality of urban surveillance.

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About David Hartt

“Our understanding of ourselves is deeply rooted in the spaces we occupy.”

David Hartt was born in Montreal and currently lives and works in Chicago. In his installations, which include photographs, videos and sculptures, he explores how physical spaces reflect the ideas and beliefs of a particular time and place. By investigating the materials, symbols and histories that shape our surroundings, Hartt calls attention to the ways our built environments exist and evolve. After extensive research and site visits, he distils this material into complex and elegant installations.


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