Claudia Hart RGB

Dimensions:
40 x 30 in.

Description:
Inkjet print on archival paper, mounted on aluminum and framed in open wood box. Image © Claudia Hart. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Claudia Hart Snake Eyes

Dimensions:
40 x 30 in.

Description:
Inkjet print on archival paper, mounted on aluminum and framed in open wood box. Image © Claudia Hart. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Claudia Hart Food For Children

Dimensions:
40 x 30 in.

Description:
Inkjet print on archival paper, mounted on aluminum and framed in open wood box. Image © Claudia Hart. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Claudia Hart Still Life With Funyun

Dimensions:
40 x 30 in.

Description:
Inkjet print on archival paper, mounted on aluminum and framed in open wood box. Image © Claudia Hart. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Claudia Hart More Food For Children

Dimensions:
40 x 30 in.

Description:
Inkjet print on archival paper, mounted on aluminum and framed in open wood box. Image © Claudia Hart. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

Claudia Hart Elixir

Dimensions:
40 x 30 in.

Description:
Inkjet print on archival paper, mounted on aluminum and framed in open wood box. Image © Claudia Hart. Used here by kind permission from the artist. All rights reserved.

Created:
2011

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Claudia Hart
The Real and The Fake

This series of images are musings on the death of “food,” a significant concern since moving to the Midwest, where Claudia Hart found herself in a frustrating position. Her food-shopping opportunities were singular: drive to a mall to buy commodities at a large industrial retailer. Aside from Jewel Osco, there is Trader Joes and a vastly over-priced second-tier Whole Foods – variations on the theme.

These photos are my response to surreal trips down the aisles of the “jewel.” The Real and The Fake photos are classical still lives of nutritionally-empty industrial snack-foods that nevertheless have appealing Platonic forms. They are integrated with obviously simulated computer graphics of apples (I actually stole the series’ title from an exhibition about computer graphics curated by Rachel Clarke and myself, see www.real-fake.org).

In these images, the real and the fake implode. They are both so fake they are real, so real they are fake. The style is also a hybrid form, bridging between classical still-life painting – Cézanne’s apples! – and an industrial product shot. It is, “what it is.”

Photo back-plates were created in collaboration with Miao Jiaxin at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

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Claudia Hart graduated from New York University with a BA cum laude in art history in 1978, and then studied architecture at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture. She then practiced as an art and architecture critic. In 1985-86, she was Associate Editor of ID (then Industrial Design Magazine) where, along with Senior Editor Steven Skov Holt, she redeveloped it into its present form,...