Jul 23rd 2016

Cody Hudson: Dreams Burn Down

@ Andrew Rafacz Gallery

835 W Washington Blvd, 2nd Fl, Chicago, IL 60607

Opening Saturday, July 23rd, from 4PM - 7PM

On view through Saturday, September 3rd

ANDREW RAFACZ presents Dreams Burn Down, a solo exhibition of paintings, works on paper and sculpture by Cody Hudson. The exhibition continues through Saturday, September 3, 2016.

For the past year, Cody Hudson has taken his elemental compositions, typically applied to birch panels, and translated them to stretched linen, augmenting their painterliness and deepening their relationship to a painting tradition. He has also redefined his large, colorful shapes to imply a more immediate relationship to the natural world. While remaining stylized and abstracted, his newest works are also indebted to portraiture and landscape painting, at times suggesting masks, sunrises, and still lifes. A new series of works on paper articulates a close up desert landscape of psychoactive cacti. The resultant imagery is bold and graphic, while retaining the artist’s hand and brushwork.

The artist also presents a series of freestanding, wall leaning, and tabletop sculptures in both steel and Baltic birch plywood.  These works are largely figural, and their constructions line up directly with their companion shapes in Hudson’s paintings. With holes punched out to intimate a figure’s gaze, they are experienced anthropomorphically, giving the gallery space a living energy. Referencing the brutal figuration of Dubuffet and Picasso, they are also linked to the large-scale sculpture of Hudson’s contemporaries such as Aaron Curry and Thomas Houseago.

Hudson also presents a new edition exclusive to this exhibition. Grave Rave is a silkscreen on BFK Arches paper depicting a series of black, textured tombstone-like shapes. Darker in tone than the other works in the exhibition, it nevertheless connects to the artist’s larger conceit through the use of similar forms, giving them another, more impending identity.

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