Cody Hudson is a Chicago based artist born in 1971, also known for his graphic design contributions under the name Struggle Inc. Known for the production of clean, multi-dimensional graphics, Cody’s design aesthetic is part urban modernism, and part organic visual deconstruction.
Cody painted animation cells for a while. Cody thought it was going to be a fun job but it was basically paint by number for hours at a time. He was filling in Sparky The Firedog. Cody would actually fall asleep while painting and wake up after dropping the brush. Ages before that Cody was working at Pizza Popper in Kenosha, Wisconsin but he also held it down at Piggly Wiggly for 3.
Cody started going to rave parties in Milwaukee and Chicago and eventually ended up throwing a party. To save money he designed the flyer himself. After that cody stopped doing parties and instead did flyers. By doing those flyers he learned about things like CMYK, and spot colors and paper stocks and whatnot.
This was the early to mid-9os, so while most flyers were all raved out, Cody was doing stuff on uncoated brown stock with silver ink and such. Pretty tame for the design world but it was quite different for the rave world at that time. He moved to Vermont for a bit and worked at JDK doing loads of board graphics for Burton snowboards and learning from all the great designers that worked there.
It was like going to school but getting paid. After that Cody moved back to the Midwest for a bit, freelanced and bounced around a bit, moved to Miami for a bit and worked full time with 12oz Prophet, moved back to Chicago, back to Vermont, eventually moved to Jersey where Cody was in charge of all men’s’ product graphics at Ecko Unltd. So Cody Hudson basically learned about clothing based design.
Then he moved back to Chicago and have been there ever since.
His graphic work and paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe and Japan including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), New Image Art (LA), Rocket Gallery (Tokyo), The Lazy Dog (Paris), & Andrew Rafacz (Chicago).
In 2006 Cody was commissioned by the City of Chicago Public Art Program to create a permanent installation at the Sox/35th CTA station as part of the Arts in Transit Program. Cody’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications including idN, Arkitip, Anthem & Juxtapoz.
|2013||Flip Your Wig||Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL||Solo|
|2013||New Paintings + New Drawings||Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2013||In The Good Name Of The Company||ForYourArt, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2012||A Lovely Sort Of Death||HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2012||Studio Visit||Purdue University Gallery, West Lafayette, IN||Group|
|2012||The Paranoia of Time||Carter & Citizen, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2011||Freedoom||Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2011||They Both Ride Horses||Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2011||Let Your Light In||Country Club, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2011||Write Now: Artists & Letterforms||Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2011||Sugar Mountain Arts Festival||The Forum Theatre, Melbourne, Australia||Group|
|2011||Back in 5 minutes||Monster Children Gallery, Melbourne, Australia||Group|
|2010||Album||V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2010||Re:Form School||New York, NY||Group|
|2010||Concrete Hermit||Conran Shop, Shinjuku, Japan||Group|
|2010||Let There Be Geo||Columbia College A+D Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2010||It Was On Earth That I Knew Joy||Installation LA, Culver City, CA||Group|
|2010||April Group Show||Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Group|
|2009||Let’s Do Some Living After We Die||Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2009||Thanks Man, See You Around Man, Fuck Yeah, You Guys Are Wild, Thanks Man, I Dig It, See You||Andrew Rafacz, Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2009||Pulse Art Fair||Miami, FL w / Andrew Rafacz Gallery||Solo|
|2009||Signs of the Apocalypse/Rapture||Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2009||Next Art Fair||Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2009||Cadaver Corps||Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA||Group|
|2009||Volta NY||Andrew Rafacz, New York, NY||Group|
|2009||Public Works||Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2009||Park Life||Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2009||Max Multiple||Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, CA||Group|
|2009||15 Years||New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2008||Save My Life||Fifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA||Solo|
|2008||Save My Life||Fifty24PDX Gallery, Portland, OR||Solo|
|2008||Tambourine Solo Take One||Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2008||I May Be Right and I May Be Wrong, but You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone: Notes On Building A Time Machine||New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2008||Drawn Together, V1||Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2008||Highmath II||Pool Gallery, Berlin||Group|
|2008||Apocobliss||A.L.I.C.E Gallery, Brussels, Belgium||Group|
|2007||This Ain’t No Bottomless Pit Here||Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2007||Throb Throb: Rock and Roll Currents in Chicago Toda||Jill Sander, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2007||Brodeo||New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2007||We’re Rollin, They’re Hatin||Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2007||Changing Cities||Detroit Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI||Group|
|2006||Choking On A Rainbow||Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL||Solo|
|2006||Serious Trip||Andenken, Denver, CO||Group|
|2006||Beyond||New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2006||A Thousand Things||MU Gallery, Eindhoven, Netherlands||Group|
|2006||Highmath, V1||Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2005||Cody Hudson Sings the Songs||The Lazy Dog, Paris, France||Solo|
|2005||A Summer Wasting B/W Spaceship Earth, I Think I Love You||Reed Space, New York, NY||Solo|
|2005||Waiting Room||Art Prostitute, Denton, TX||Group|
|2005||Can I Get A Witness?||Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2005||Nieves||Rocket Gallery, Tokyo, Japan||Group|
|2004||The Life and Times of Cody Hudson Volume 01 B/W An Ambulance Can Only Go So Fast||Fourxfour, Los Angeles, CA||Solo|
|2004||The Life and Times of Cody Hudson Volume 02 B/W The Parrot on Your Shoulder||Bucket Rider, Chicago IL||Solo|
|2004||Shit Is Real||Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL||Group|
|2004||Lost and Found||Chapel Off Chapel Gallery, Prahran, Australia||Group|
|2004||Giant Robot 10||GR2, Los Angeles, CA||Group|
|2003||Doom - Counter Doom||Bucket Rider, Chicago IL||Group|
|2002||SK8 on the Wall||Rocket Gallery, Tokyo, Japan||Group|