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Human Factors

Kim Harty
Friday, May 30, 2014 to Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Opening reception: Friday May 30, 2014, 6-9pm

Human Factors, a solo exhibition by BOLT Resident Kim Harty, investigates the amalgamation of movements that an artist applies to object making. 

Using motion capture technology, chronophotography, and projection, Harty creates pieces that record and embody the artist’s process.  Linear interpretations of motion, serial photographs, live feed projection, and glass sculptures look at the tension between personal expression and efficiency in the studio.  In industrial settings, “human factors” are analyzed and optimized to make production ever efficient. How does this efficiency imperative function within the artist’s studio, and what are the human factors governing the artist’s production of objects?  Harty answers this query through an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between movement and making.

Kim Harty is an artist, writer, and educator interested in the intersection of craft, technology, and performance.  She has exhibited and performed in galleries and museums across the country including the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Corning Museum of Glass. Harty has taught at the School of the Art Institute, Ox-bow Art School and Penland School of Crafts. She holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design.  She recently completed the Pilchuck Emerging Artist Residency and is part of the yearlong BOLT residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition.