The five images are from Bacchantes, an ongoing series of drawings. They derive from The Bacchae by Euripides as well as its adaptation by the Performance Group, Dionysus in 69, a groundbreaking work of immersive theater that was staged in New York in 1968-69 and documented in book form in 1970. The figures depicted in the series are not direct references to either narrative; rather, they are theatrical characters taken out of context and reimagined in visual terms.
Thomas Micchelli is an artist, writer and co-editor of Hyperallergic Weekend. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York; Life on Mars, Outlet, Norte Maar, Studio 10, Centotto, and Schema Projects, all in Bushwick, Brooklyn; and Leslie Heller Workspace in Manhattan. He has written catalogue essays for Kunsthall Stavanger (Stavanger, Norway); ARoS Aarhus Art Museum (Aarhus, Denmark); The Drawing Center, Cheim & Read, Betty Cuningham, and Derek Eller (New York); Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ), among others. In addition to Hyperallergic Weekend, his essays, interviews and reviews have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Art 21, Bookforum.com, and elsewhere. He is also the co-editor of the books On Curating: Interviews with Ten International Curators (DAP, 2009) and On Curating 2: Paradigm Shifts (DAP, 2016).