"The Dolls House," Claudia Hart's new exhibition at Transfer. Hart collapses space and time in visual mash-ups featuring the Roman Forum and Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon alongside structures from Victorian England and the Mayans. Now an associate professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Hart studied architecture before becoming an artist; she uses that discipline's mathematical and modeling strategies to create videos exploring cycles of excess, decay, and rebirth. Hart also shows sculptures of headless dolls whose silhouettes echo eighteenth-century French court costume — the outfits of radical extravagance that foretell the end of a decadent empire.
Installation view: "The Dolls House." Photo courtesy the artist and Transfer Gallery.
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