The works are pointillism for the modern age. Much like the Impressionist technique of painting in small dots, Hart’s style makes it challenging for viewers to go below his works’ arresting bubble wrap surfaces: “People see different layers initially,” Hart says. “Some people see the bubble wrap, some people see the subject, some people see environmental themes. You can’t control it.”
But what must be controlled when it comes to Hart’s work is viewer interaction. While plastic bubble wrap has a lifespan of hundreds of years, Hart’s painting suspended within it can be lost in seconds if viewers give into the temptation to pop the bubbles. The works are at once durable and fragile, a paradox the artist extends conceptually into our increasingly digital world where our online lives seem safe outside of nature, but are only a computer crash away from destruction.
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