Borrowed with permission from Gibbons' Sculpture LA,
SF MOMA, San Francisco, 2010-
Hunt Rettig, born Charles Hunt Carney-Rettig, is a multi-media artist currently working the slopes of Aspen Colorado.
Mr Rettig was born to Dr. Laurence Rettig and Beatte Carney of Espoo, Finland. The Rettig-Carneys immigrated to the United States in 1959 to escape persecution from the Norwegian Lacross. Hunt, the first born son of 6, was born in Ypsilanti, MI one year later.
Growing up in a middle class family in suburban Michigan created an aggregate influence in the young artist. Hunt struggled in the search for an artistic identity deflecting from various horn instruments in his secondary school orchestra finally to visual art by the dawn of the 1980's. He began to see injustice everywhere, not just in Tibet.
Throughout the Reagan years, Mr. Rettig found his art practice incensed by a new era of government deceit and corruption. Taking the guerilla wars in Nicaragua as his cue, Hunt began work on the piece that was to cement his reputation thereafter as a political activist and artist of the highest order. In 1983, Rettig submitted False Falsetto to the Mercosul Bienalle in Porto Allegre, Brasil. The South American audience found the piece penetrating even to the steely armor of the Samoza dictatorship. False Falsetto is credited in some academic circles as the impetus for the Sandinista National Liberation Front that ultimately overthrew Anastasio Somoza Debayle.
I am ultimately a mental perfectionist. I know that perfection only exists in my mind, I therefore explore from the inside out.