Emre Hüner

04 Sep - 03 Oct 2009

© Emre Hüner
"Untitled", styrofoam and cement, dimensions variable, unique piece of a series, 2009.

September 4 – October 3, 2009
Cocktail: September 12 // 17:00 – 19:00

Rodeo is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Emre Hüner.

The gigantic apparatus that humans have created to improve their way of living, endless machines, abandoned buildings that once stood new and beautiful and utopian model cities that fail to function, all now stand dry and lonely.

The sculpture in the entrance of the gallery acts as a blockage as well as a tool, a symbol of man in control of natural forces. Through this series of new works, Hüner examines the failures of modernity and the grand project and its promises that were never realized. He has gathered visual as well as literary material from throughout different moments in history, both before and after the Cold War; and ultimately through deep inspection and analysis his outcomes involve dystopic situations in grey tones.

The drawings in the series Black Ships Ate The Sky present moments where men and the manmade meet under dark skies and gray clouds in deserted landscapes. Their dark outlook envisages radar stations, zeppelins and unmanned planes in lands were water used to flow.

This is a world of new ideas, new opportunities, new ways of living, with more conveniences and endless quests of forwardness. The narrator’s voice in the 1940 clip produced by General Motors “To New Horizons”, promises an unachievable near future. The 1960s were far different from how some planned them to be; not to mention the decades to follow...

In Hüner's video we watch a group of men gathered in a meeting room discussing and observing plane models. Here on a big V-shaped table the development of aviation is seen as the main key for progress. Old NASA space program clips and frames from Walt Disney propaganda cartoons are inserted into the video to form a combination of found and shot material. The presence of nuclear missiles, the menace of war and destruction on an international scale and the implied power that is given to a specific group of men to order humankind are here described as Juggernaut.

Juggernaut comes from the Sanskrit Jagannatha. It implies The Lord of the Universe, a name for god Krishna. It also means an unstoppable force that destroys everything in its path.

Emre Hüner has been selected for a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2010). Selected group exhibitions include: The Generational: Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum, New York (2009), Manifesta 7 Bolzano (2008), 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007

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