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Elliott Hundley in "Secrets"Preview

In this preview from the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 7 episode, Secrets, artist Elliott Hundley discusses the role of recycled materials in his work. Shown in his Los Angeles studio in early 2014, the artist describes a “trust” in the process of selecting paper cut-outs for use in his paintings.

“In relinquishing some control, it allows me some distance,” says the artist. “I start to feel like the artwork is responding to me, giving me something back or becoming something that I never expected.”

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Elliott Hundley

Elliott Hundley draws inspiration for his paintings from diverse sources, but especially from his Southern heritage, steeped in family history. Many of his works also contain references to Greek tragedy and classical mythology, and to Japanese woodblock prints. He also stages improvisational photo shoots to generate imagery for his multi-panel tableaus, casting friends and family in roles from antiquity and various other sources. With these and other images anchored by thousands of pins to bulletin-board-like surfaces, his shallow reliefs form a palimpsest that teems with humble materials such as cut-up magazines, string, plastic, gold leaf, and other ephemera.

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