JUDITH HUDSON: PLAYBOY ADVISOR
27 OCTOBER – 10 DECEMBER 2011
Salomon Contemporary presents Judith Hudson: Playboy Advisor, a solo exhibition of works on paper from Sex Advice Drawings, a series that parodies conventional sex column dialogue. Complete with French maid, cheerleader, Kama Sutra, and nurse imagery, the pieces simultaneously serve as skin flicks and moralistic melodramas. Hudson uses self-deprecating humor to counterintuitively step back and explore sex from the tender to the absurd. She turns tables, delights in discomfort, and ultimately sees comedy as empathy.
Whether the question is addressed "Dear Playboy Advisor" or "Doctor", useful solutions to the problems are inherent in the imagery. Mandala speaks to art lovers as Hudson the advisor suggests integrating Jasper Johns into everyday practice. In Eastern Religion, religion and TV are the justifications for, or against getting it on. Packing Light illustrates that necessity is the mother of invention; and Bribe reminds that holding back can be worth the price.
While the textual works take a more forward approach, others simply allude to, or highlight glimpses of the body. With translucent watercolors, Hudson combines vibrant fluid washes, stylized figures, and delicate detail to portray our hush hush encounters.
Judith Hudson lives and works in New York. She studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and received her MFA from California College of Art. Her series Sex Advice Drawings was recently featured in Bomb magazine and in the past, Hudson's work has been highlighted in numerous publications including the New York Times and Art News Magazine. She has shown at major US galleries, in addition to institutions such as The New Museum, MoMA PS1, and The Drawing Center. Hudson's work can be found in many private collections as well as the public collections of Goldman Sachs, New York Public Library, Prudential Insurance Company of America, and Esquire Magazine.