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"Per Huttner: About Weddings and Commodities"
2002-06-01 until 2002-06-29
Los Angeles, CA,
USA United States of America
Raid Projects is proud to present Swedish artist Per Huttner'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, Huttner 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,"
H¸ttner 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 H¸ttner's images in relation to "marginalized
subjectivities" or "post-colonial geographies" though we
could easily do so. For H¸ttner 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.'