La intrusa [The Intruder]
294.6 cm x 208.3 cm x 322.6 cm (116 in. x 82 in. x 127 in.)
(Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1961 - )
Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support:
Steel, glass, epoxy, quartz geodes, putty, insects and light
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Susman Collection, 2007
Like his contemporary Sebastián Gordín, Harte builds elaborate miniature models. He houses desiccated bugs and human/insect hybrid figurines within transparent industrial containers filled with organic materials, such as resin and eggshells. The light and glass globes of the The Intruder recall an old-fashioned scientific specimen display. Harte upends the work’s clinical appearance by setting violent scenes populated by bizarre characters within the spheres; each one suggests a story infused with whimsy, dark humor, and satire.