For Chicago-based artist David Hartt, “place” is a way to investigate community, narrative, ideologies, and the intersection of private and public life. Hartt’s work is contemplative and quiet. In his exhibition “Stray Light,” Hartt uses three mediums— photography, film, and installation—to create an immersive narrative with no ambient sound and few people onscreen. “Stray Light” drops a viewer into the middle of the Johnson Publishing Company building, suggesting a space with no boundaries, one that exists within the imagination. I recently sat down with Hartt to discuss his practice, research, and “Stray Light,” which closes April 29.