• Elliott Hundley, The Lightning’s Bride (detail), 2011 six panels, wood, sound board, ink-jet print, on Kitakata paper, pins, paper, plastic, magnifying lenses, metal, photographs, wire, found paintings, 8' 3“ x 24' 1 1/4” x 1' 7".

    “Elliott Hundley: The Bacchae”

    Wexner Center for the Arts
    The Ohio State University 1871 North High Street
    September 17–December 30, 2011

    Nasher Sculpture Center
    2001 Flora Street
    January 28–April 22, 2012

    Curated by Christopher Bedford

    Ambitious, dramatic, and earnestly personal, Elliott Hundley’s assemblage-based practice is forged from ancient narratives and contemporary realities, sublimating notorious characters and plotlines into cyclonic images or structures. “The Bacchae” will feature a dozen works made in the past two years, all drawing from Euripides’s tragedy. Including quasi-figurative sculpture and billboard- size prints, paintings, and collages, this body of work breaks down the revenge story into discrete elements—gendered accoutrements of bacchic ritual are poised like spindly shipwrecks on the gallery floor; a semiabstract portrait of Pentheus renders the young man at once whole and torn to pieces at his mother’s hands. And with essays by curator Christopher Bedford, poet and classicist Anne Carson, critic Doug Harvey, and art historian Richard Meyer, the accompanying catalogue should further tempt the imagination, providing rich perspectives on Hundley’s modern-day interpretations of the classics.