Cody Hudson

United States 1971

Urban Art

Cody Hudson
Cody Hudson
United States
March 10, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

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.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Flip Your WigElmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL Solo
2013New Paintings + New DrawingsAndrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2013In The Good Name Of The CompanyForYourArt, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012A Lovely Sort Of DeathHVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2012Studio VisitPurdue University Gallery, West Lafayette, INGroup
2012The Paranoia of TimeCarter & Citizen, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011FreedoomGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2011They Both Ride HorsesAndrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL Solo
2011Let Your Light InCountry Club, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Write Now: Artists & LetterformsChicago Cultural Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2011Sugar Mountain Arts FestivalThe Forum Theatre, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2011Back in 5 minutesMonster Children Gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
2010AlbumV1 Gallery, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2010Re:Form SchoolNew York, NYGroup
2010Concrete HermitConran Shop, Shinjuku, JapanGroup
2010Let There Be GeoColumbia College A+D Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2010It Was On Earth That I Knew JoyInstallation LA, Culver City, CAGroup
2010April Group ShowGuerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA Group
2009Let’s Do Some Living After We DieHyde Park Art Center, Chicago, ILSolo
2009Thanks Man, See You Around Man, Fuck Yeah, You Guys Are Wild, Thanks Man, I Dig It, See YouAndrew Rafacz, Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2009Pulse Art FairMiami, FL w / Andrew Rafacz GallerySolo
2009Signs of the Apocalypse/RaptureHyde Park Art Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Next Art FairAndrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Cadaver CorpsSpace 1026, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2009Volta NYAndrew Rafacz, New York, NYGroup
2009Public WorksAndrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Park LifeSubliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA Group
2009Max MultipleDevening Projects + Editions, Chicago, CAGroup
200915 YearsNew Image Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008Save My LifeFifty24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2008Save My LifeFifty24PDX Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
2008Tambourine Solo Take OneAndrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2008I May Be Right and I May Be Wrong, but You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone: Notes On Building A Time MachineNew Image Art, Los Angeles, CA Group
2008Drawn Together, V1Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2008Highmath IIPool Gallery, BerlinGroup
2008ApocoblissA.L.I.C.E Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2007This Ain’t No Bottomless Pit HereMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL Solo
2007Throb Throb: Rock and Roll Currents in Chicago TodaJill Sander, Chicago, ILGroup
2007BrodeoNew Image Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007We’re Rollin, They’re HatinCo-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, ILGroup
2007Changing CitiesDetroit Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI Group
2006Choking On A RainbowBucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2006Serious TripAndenken, Denver, COGroup
2006BeyondNew Image Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006A Thousand ThingsMU Gallery, Eindhoven, NetherlandsGroup
2006Highmath, V1Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2005Cody Hudson Sings the SongsThe Lazy Dog, Paris, FranceSolo
2005A Summer Wasting B/W Spaceship Earth, I Think I Love YouReed Space, New York, NYSolo
2005Waiting RoomArt Prostitute, Denton, TXGroup
2005Can I Get A Witness?Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2005NievesRocket Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2004The Life and Times of Cody Hudson Volume 01 B/W An Ambulance Can Only Go So FastFourxfour, Los Angeles, CA Solo
2004The Life and Times of Cody Hudson Volume 02 B/W The Parrot on Your ShoulderBucket Rider, Chicago ILSolo
2004Shit Is RealDevening Projects + Editions, Chicago, ILGroup
2004Lost and FoundChapel Off Chapel Gallery, Prahran, AustraliaGroup
2004Giant Robot 10GR2, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Doom - Counter DoomBucket Rider, Chicago ILGroup
2002SK8 on the WallRocket Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup