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Contemporary Art (1) – Elliot Hundley

Elliot Hundley lives and works in Los Angeles; right after finishing his MA in Fine Art in 2005 he had rocketed to a sort of a local celebrity (see the appraisal of the artist in the Herald Tribune). Yet, his talent has been noticed beyond the ‘family’ ground and he enjoyed few interesting projects/exhibitions in 2006 and 2007. Especially the one in Andrea Rosen’s Gallery in New York has captured my attention due its unconventional, fresh appeal (visit the show here). In 2008/2009 program of the Saatchi Gallery in London Hundley’s work has been placed into the “Upcoming exhibitions” and “Abstract America: New Painting from the US” section and one can see his works with this pleasant critical brief:

Mining the nostalgic and sentimental qualities of his eclectic materials, Elliott Hundley’s collages create condensed ‘dreamscapes’, entwining the personal and symbolic into friable mythologies. Hundley engages with the dramatic in the staged emotiveness of his structures and in the performative element of their intensive making process. (…)Using formalism as a platform for narrative structure, Hundley’s exquisitely delicate consternation transforms the act of looking into an adventure of exploration and discovery. (see the artist’s page at Saatchi)

Well, fair for him. Looks like the recently lost in flesh and body Rauschenberg’s spirit lives on (R. Rauschenberg has died in May, 2008;) and its rebelliously exuberant impact continues to inspire artists of the youngest generation (either consciously or via different mediate sources).


E. Hundley’s profile opens the new series of “Terra Incognita” on the “Contemporary Art” (artists, painting, movements, tendencies) I hope to keep and develop persistently. By the “Contemporary Art” I mean the art created now – 2009/2008, going back to the first years of the new century, and reaching towards the second decade in various plans/projects. I’ve just realized that one’s responsibility for the proper art studying as well as for the self-development requires the continuous self-updating, deepen recognition and the critical evaluation of the art world as it appears to be here and now. It’s substantially more difficult than, for example, reflecting on ‘closed’ biographies of established artists and artistic phenomena; yet – it tends to be highly rewarding – one can gain some confidence and support for his/her own unresolved riddles and struggles.

As my more loyal, attentive readers may notice; my own artistic practice has been gravitating towards the – Hundley -like expression; it’s encouraging and satisfying to find similar artwork being created, recognised and cherished. One feels stronger in the choices he/she has made. I still remember a sort of horror facing my own work in its monstrous, chaotic appearance. This latest discovery of mine of alike artistic expression (Hundley’s work online) is like an award for all the hardship I’ve endured for this simple reason – to be as honest and brave as I could have afforded.

Art is a majestic, noble force – it forgives and bears everything except boredom and over-timidness of the spirit. And once revolutionary and mastered propositions do come back – it doesn’t have to mean, that no truly new expression is possible or that art is dying out of an excess of its metaphors and epitomes – but that it equals, if not surpasses the great Nature in its eternally self-regenerating, circular and always powerfully creative, life-giving existence…



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