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POLITRIX-BOOKS

Advice for the Aspiring at the
Twilight of the American Century

University Gallery
Cal State University, Sacramento, CA
November 1, 2012 - February 2, 2013


The Machiavelli series was initiated by an off-handed remark. In 1995, after the fall of the Wall, the wildly expansive Berlin art world was immensely competitive. I ironically commented to a friend that what was required was Machiavelli, though for Berlin a special Machiavelli "for kids." I produced the text and the 31 small oil paintings that visualized it in the next few weeks. The project seemed to expand of its own accord. A Child's Machiavelli was eventually published in 3 languages and several print editions.

Eighteen years later, it will be released as an enhanced e-book application to teach young people political philosophy. Harold Moss, Creative Director of the multi-media studio FlickerLab, and his wife Negin Sharifzadeh have launched their new imprint, Moss Collective, to bring the work of contemporary artists into this new digital publishing frontier. A Child's Machiavelli is their first project.

Politrix-Books includes the original 1995 Machiavelli oil paintings as well as gouache drawings and an animation projection that is the source material for a following Hart/Moss collaboration, A Child's Art of War, based on the text of the ancient Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu. Also included in the exhibition are the first pages of the A Child's Machiavelli, the first Hart/Moss project, to be released in the iTunes App Store in winter, 2013. The first draft of this custom e-Book has been presented in Mac iPad format.

Claudia Hart
December 16, 2012

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Postcard invitation to University Gallery,Cal State University
Claudia Hart: POLITRIX-BOOKS: Advice for the Aspiring at the Twilight of the American Century
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A Child's Machiavelli, Claudia Hart, hardcover Penguin Edition, 1998, softcover DAP edition, 1996
Claudia Hart
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Cover art from A Child's Machiavelli, custom e-book application,
produced by the Moss Collective / Flicker Labs, release date Spring 2013
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Page examples from A Child's Machiavelli, custom e-book application, produced by the Moss Collective / Flicker Labs, release date Spring 2013




Animated loop, projection from 2012 exhibition at University Gallery, Cal State University
Claudia Hart: POLITRIX-BOOKS: Advice for the Aspiring at the Twilight of the American Century
Illustration from "A Child's Art of War," 2014 custom eBook by Claudia Hart
produced by the Moss Collective / Flicker Labs, release date Spring 2014.






2012 exhibition installation with thirty-one 1996 Machiavelli oil paintings, University Gallery, Cal State University
Claudia Hart: POLITRIX-BOOKS: Advice for the Aspiring at the Twilight of the American Century.
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2012 exhibition installation with twelve 2012 Art of War acrylic gouache paintings, rag photo paper on stretched linen and
Art of War animated loop projection, University Gallery, Cal State University
Claudia Hart: POLITRIX-BOOKS: Advice for the Aspiring at the Twilight of the American Century.
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2012 exhibition installation with thirty-one 1996 Machiavelli oil paintings, University Gallery, Cal State University
Claudia Hart: POLITRIX-BOOKS: Advice for the Aspiring at the Twilight of the American Century.
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2012 exhibition installation with thirty-one 1996 Machiavelli oil paintings, University Gallery, Cal State University
Claudia Hart: POLITRIX-BOOKS: Advice for the Aspiring at the Twilight of the American Century.
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2012 exhibition installation with custom e-book application, A Child's Machiavelli, produced by the Moss Collective / Flicker Labs
University Gallery, Cal State University, Claudia Hart: POLITRIX-BOOKS: Advice for the Aspiring at the Twilight of the American Century.
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