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Elliott Hundley: The Bacchae


Elliott Hundley, eyes that run like leaping fire (detail)
Elliott Hundley: The Bacchae
Sept 16, 2011–Dec 29, 2011
Los Angeles-based artist Elliott Hundley draws on classical mythology, art history, and current sociopolitical conditions to create epic, theatrical gallery environments that collapse historical and narrative time.

Often based on figural ideas, these works exist on the brink of legibility, inching towards abstraction. For his installation at the Wexner Center—which will include approximately 10 works (most of which are new)—he will build on previous investigations of the classical Greek tragedy The Bacchae by Euripides as a way to examine notions of pleasure, grief, and guilt.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Wexner Center produced a significant illustrated catalogue that marks the first scholarly examination of Hundley’s work. The book features essays by exhibition curator Christopher Bedford, who emphasizes process and materials with a particular focus on new work; poet, essayist, classicist, and translator Anne Carson, who engages with Hundley’s ongoing debt to classical literature; Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California, who reflects on the sociology of Hundley’s studio and his practice of staging photo shoots to generate original material for use in his monumental works of collage; and L.A.-based critic Doug Harvey, who provides an overview of the artist’s development over the last eight years.

This show will tour to the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas during 2012, and additional tour dates are expected.

The Wexner Center’s fall exhibitions are made possible by a significant contribution from Battelle.

Generous support for this exhibition is also provided by The Broad Art Foundation and Lonti Ebers, New York.

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1) Elliott Hundley
eyes that run like leaping fire, 2011
Wood, sound board, inkjet print on Kitakata, string, pins, paper, photographs, plastic, wire, found embroidery
98 1/2 x 240 5/8 x 11 3/8 inches, 5 panels
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
© Elliott Hundley
Photo by Fredrik Nilsen

2) Elliott Hundley
eyes that run like leaping fire (detail)

3)Elliott Hundley
swarming over, 2011
Wood, plastic, glass, wire, pins, found lanterns, metal, plaster, cement, string, shell, paper, canvas, marble, found tapestry
56 x 90 x 36 inches
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York © Elliott Hundley
Photo by Jason Mandella

4)Elliott Hundley
swarming over (detail)
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