Jeremy Dean: Futurama

by Josh Rubin

"Known during the Great Depression as "Hoover Wagons," artist Jeremy Dean's new series "Futurama" draws on the historical phenomenon of horse-pulled cars, repeating this lamentable bit of history with his own hybrid auto carts fashioned from the back ends of gas-guzzling Hummers and Escalades. At the recent Scope Miami art fair Dean showed life-like models—tricked out with quintessential details like functioning drop-down TVs and ostentatious rims—of the actual carriage-SUV he hopes to build.

Making a statement about where the development of the car industry has led society in current times, the project speaks not only to the political, economical and environmental issues of gasoline supply but also to the social aspect of overindulgence and the basic concept of the American dream."