Refine Filter Results

Skip to Content ☰ Open Filter >>


Image of PF Post Modern

Robert (H.) Hudson , b. Sep 8, 1938

PF Post Modern

1990
78 1/2 in. x 40 in. (199.39 cm x 101.6 cm)

Medium and Support: steel, bronze, and enamel
Credit Line: museum purchase, Culpeper Foundation Fund
Accession Number: 1991.92

Commentary

California artists Robert Hudson and Richard Shaw spent four months in residence at the Addison in 1997, creating work in Phillips Academy’s ceramics studio. Using kitschy elements made from cast-off molds from a defunct industrial manufacturer in nearby Lawrence, they created what critic Donald Kuspit called “startling, radically expressive, uncanny poetry.” Kuspit went on to describe their work:
“Planes are ingeniously manipulated to ambiguous spatial effect, colors and lines surge autonomously, and objects are magically—and precariously— integrated into absurd compositions.”

PPF Post Modern demonstrates Hudson’s inventive construction of improbably balanced, penetrating and interlocking forms, overlaid with blocks, splashes, and patches of bright enamel paint.

------

Invited to the Phillips Academy campus to serve as Addison’s Edward E. Elson artists-in-residence in 1997, California artists Richard Shaw and Robert Hudson spent a total of four months over a year’s time creating work in the art department’s ceramics studio. Their residency was an eye-opening example for students of the diligence that artists must exercise in making work. It was also a shining example of the inventiveness and bizarre humor of these two artists. Using kitschy elements made from cast off molds from a defunct industrial manufacturer in nearby Lawrence in combination and even contradiction to more mundane natural and vessel forms, they created what critic Donald Kuspit called “startling, radically expressive, uncanny poetry.” Kuspit went on to describe their work, “there is a conspicuous, generic cubist as well as surrealist dimension to them, and even, in their painterly character and energetic color, an expressionistic dimension. Planes are ingeniously manipulated to ambiguous spatial effect, colors and lines surge autonomously, and objects are magically—and precariously— integrated into absurd compositions.”

Robert Hudson, dubbed an adventurous magician in the catalogue of his retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1985, works not only in ceramic but also in metal— bronze, steel, cast iron—and in multi-media combinations. PPF Post Modern, purchased by the Addison in 1991, demonstrates the artist’s inventive construction of improbably balanced, penetrating and interlocking forms, overlaid with blocks, splashes, and patches of bright enamel paint.

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:


Your current search criteria is: Exhibition is "American Abstraction from the Addison Gallery of American Art".