New York-based Marc Hundley’s practice is known for his unique way of encapsulating moments that can be considered intimate and solitary. Lyrics lifted from songs, text found in books and poetry, along with found imagery all lend themselves to Hundley’s hand-painted ‘posters’ and printed Xerox works, inscribed with the date and address of when and where the source was encountered.
The new works comprising In Another Country–Hundley’s second solo exhibition at The Modern Institute–notably cite one address repeatedly, alluding to the passage of days confined to one location during the recent period of isolation, as a result of the pandemic.
Hundley weaves his account of the past few months over ten works that will be hung in a conscious order through the gallery space. With the gallery walls painted a misty, foggy greyish-blue, two Breton blue benches sit in the centre of the room, resembling seating in municipal waiting rooms or perhaps a library. As is often with Hundley’s exhibitions, he creates an inviting atmosphere to pause: seating he provides to allow more time to stop and consider, but also as settings for communal exchanges. The benches now represent another outlet of Hundley’s reminiscence and longing for interaction and company. The works presented form a non-linear collage of personal reflections, observations and emotions during a prolonged period of imposed isolation. Whilst much of Hundley’s earlier practice does touch on solitary moments of loneliness, loss and melancholia, the new pieces provide a personal narrative to an unprecedented collective experience.
Press release courtesy The Modern Institute.