Swedish artist Per HÃ¼ttner's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The new work in the exhibition has been producedduring his residency Raid Projects and include a series of photographicself-portraits and a sculptural object made from a wedding dress. In the North Gallery: Robert Mellor - New Paintings. Also at Raid Projects: Kaleidoscope: color in painting systems.
OPENING- SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 7-10PM
"About Weddings and Commodities"
at RAID PROJECTS, June 1 - 29, 2002
Raid Projects is proud to present Swedish artist Per HÃ¼ttner's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. The new work in the exhibition has been producedduring his residency Raid Projects and include a series of photographicself-portraits and a sculptural object made from a wedding dress.
In the booklet which accompanies the current exhibitions at Raid Project, Los Angles based artist and critic Charles LaBelle writes:
'It takes a moment before you realize that the crumpled white form on thedeserted stretch of road isn't trash but a person in a wedding dress. Aspindly arm juts out. A tangle of blond hair catches the sun. Look closerand in the shadows you can distinguish the person's features, somewhatghastly in white face powder and smeared red lipstick. Even more disturbing: the eyes stare back at you. [. . .]
In his iconoclastic white attire, HÃ¼ttner makes an unseemly, hysterical(simultaneously funny and out of control) spectacle of himself as passers-by gawk and snicker. Like Nijinsky, who called himself "God'sClown," HÃ¼ttner is a performer who aims to enlighten rather than titillate. His work is infused with a sense of urgency and occasional recklessness. Abandoning whatever authority and power he might possess, flirting with rebellion and infantilism, his quest is for something truer and more human. In this sense it would be misleading to discuss HÃ¼ttner's images in relation to "marginalized subjectivities" or "post-colonial geographies" though we could easily do so. For HÃ¼ttner himself is interested in stripping things down, getting to the heart of the matter. Eschewing rhetoric and convoluted theorizing, his work speaks of good old-fashioned loneliness, the nobility of suffering and the struggle to find a place for oneself in the world and just be happy.'
For further information about the artist, exhibition or for images please contact the gallery or Max Presneill: firstname.lastname@example.org
Per HÃ¼ttner has shown extensively in Europe, North America and Asia. His work can currently also be seen in 'Ego' at the Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen, China; and is also featured in an article by Duncan McLaren published in the summer issue of 'Contemporary'.
The exhibition is supported by The Swedish Consulate in Los Angeles and by the Swedish Embassy in Washington.
Also at Raid Projects:
KALEIDOSCOPE: color in painting systems
and in the North Gallery:
Robert Mellor - New Paintings
FINALLY, If you have not seen Karine Bonneval's exhibition in the Hood Gallery - your last chance to see this striking exhibition will be in conjunction with the opening at Raid Projects.
RAID PROJECTS, June 1 - 29, 2002
OPENING- SATURDAY 1 JUNE, 7-10PM
602 Moulton Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90031
tel: (323) 441 9593
The gallery is open on Saturdays, from 11am to 5pm, or by appointment (just call).
602 Moulton Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90031
tel; (323) 441 9593