from Stardust: a performance, 1981
Oil and prismacolor on feather panel,
Eleven slightly larger-than-life size cutout characters for the stage,
seven for the audience and four for the lobby.
Remarks: "Stardust," was a performance piece written by Alexis
Smith and design by me, Heidi Hardin, presented originally at Los Angeles
Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), in the Leo S. Bing Theater at the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art (as part of "Gallery Six," organized
by the Museums Department of Modern Art to spotlight individual
talents.) and at the La Jolla Museum. The LA County Press Release read,
"Alexis Smith describes the text of "Stardust" as a collage
of one-line excerpts from approximately 20 American books, plays and songs.
Set and prop designer Heidi Hardin employees a visual collage method and
based her sets on figures depicted in well-known early 20th Century photographs
such as the Storyville Portraits and those by August Sanders. Using eight
participants, Smith and Hardin blended these diverse elements into an
exciting and multi-layered theatric artwork that commented on various
aspects of American life and character." With the exception of "The
Drum Major," which was left at the LA County Museum, all these artworks
were destroyed in 1987 by an unfortunate personal calamity. The majority
of artworks created by Ms. Hardin between 1971-1987 that had not been
sold were also lost at this time.