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Elliott Hundley Is Playing with Your Emotions

Elliott Hundley. The Lightning’s Bride, detail, 2011. Wood, sound board, inkjet print on Kitakata , pins, paper, plastic, magnifying lenses, metal, photographs, wire, found paintings; 99 x 289¼ x 19 inches. Courtesy the artist, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and Regen Projects. © Elliott Hundley.

“What’s appealing to me about collage is the fact that it’s so straightforward—that it’s a good foil to my subject.” —Elliott Hundley

Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Elliott Hundley describing an interest in evoking intense emotions through collage and photography. Inspired by opera’s use of highly artificial conventions to elicit an emotional response, Hundley describes his own work as being “imaginary operas.” In contrast to this goal, the artist uses collage as a foil because of its straightforward and recognizable qualities. “[Collage] is resonant because it is made of the stuff that we see everyday, so it’s familiar,” says Hundley. “It reflects our reality.” Hundley is shown at work in his Los Angeles studio, taking staged photographs of a close friend. The resulting images from this and other photo shoots are then incorporated into Hundley’s collages. “What’s important to me about including my friends and family is that it raises the stakes, that they’re not just images.”

CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interviewer: Wesley Miller & Susan Sollins. Camera: Marc Levy, Miguel Drake-McLaughlin & Justin Thomas Ostensen. Sound: Michael Carmona & Neal Doxsee. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Elliott Hundley, Andrea Rosen Gallery & Regen Projects. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

ART21 Exclusive is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel; and by individual contributors.