'Recycling Rejects' investigates rejection both on a human, artistic and consumerist level. The exhibition incorporates photographic and video work by the artist refashioned into a site-specific installation specially designed for the gallery.
Sub Bau is proud to present the first solo exhibition by Per HÃ¼ttner. 'Recycling Rejects' investigates rejection both on a human, artistic and consumerist level. The exhibition incorporates photographic and video work by the artist refashioned into a site-specific installation specially designed for the gallery.
In the window of the gallery HÃ¼ttner has created an installation using rejected test prints of various photographic projects. The majority of the images come from the 'Romanticism Revisited'-series which depict the artist in positions where he resembles a discarded commodity. He sandwiches this with repeating the identical image of himself in a grid over the collage, bringing work by surrealist painter Magritte to mind.
The installation in the window of the gallery serves both as an artwork visible to the public 24-7. But it also dims the light in the space. The artist uses this to show the single-screen installation 'From Her to Eternity'. The video is an ironic take on the classic scene from 'From Here to Eternity', where a blond Hollywood couple make out on the beach as the waves roll in. In HÃ¼ttner's version, the artist can be seen mimicking this scene. But the woman has been replaced by a blow-up doll and occasionally the artist is swept out of the image by frothy waves.
This irony spills over into a single photograph shown in the gallery. Here HÃ¼ttner can be seen performing a one-man demonstration in central Paris, holding a blank white placard. The rules of the game reversed and the ultimate provocation in activism is when you have nothing to say.
In conjunction with the solo exhibition at Sub Bau HÃ¼ttner also shows work from 'Romanticism Revisited'-series in 'Aletheia - The Real of Concealment' at GÃ¶teborg's Konstmuseum. He is also showing work at BIDA 2003 in September in Salamanca, Spain
Per HÃ¼ttner divides his time between a solo photography-based practice that investigates notions of pleasure and pain and their position within our media saturated society; and curatorial projects - the latter often involving a degree of intervention on the part of others. He is the editor for the book 'Curatorial Mutiny', which was recently published.
Per HÃ¼ttner's recent exhibitions and projects include: Kontainer, Los Angeles (solo, 2003); 'Fadren', Platform, Vasa, Finland (solo, 2002); 'Slowdive', Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA (2002) '3 in 1', Nylon Gallery, London (2001); 'Â¦all we need is a preacher and a motelÂ¦', La Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille (2001). Per HÃ¼ttner was co-founder and co-director of Konstakuten, an artist-run space in Stockholm from 1996-2001, and was founder-director of The Hood Gallery, Los Angeles (2002-2003)
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