David Hartt in the forest
23 September – 30 December 2018

Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens

in the forest continues David Hartt's ongoing interest in how societal values are expressed in the built environment. The exhibition investigates Moshe Safdie's abandoned Habitat Puerto Rico, a continuation of the architect's experimental housing typology initiated by Montréal's Habitat 67. A project of particular resonance in Canada and originally intended for regions across the globe, Hartt considers the symbolism of this moment in late modernism, both the failure to build a better world and its colonial and nationalist undertones. 50 years later, the issues it attempted to resolve are ever more acute. Borrowing its title from a chapter in Claude Levi-Strauss's Triste Tropique, the exhibition includes the Montréal-born, Philadelphia-based artist's newest film, related photographs, sculptural objects, and an installation of tropical plants.

David Hartt: in the forest was commissioned by the Graham Foundation, Chicago, with additional support from Oakville Galleries.

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