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Visiting Artist: Cannon Hudson


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Cannon Hudson is a painter and sculptor who lives in Los Angeles, and Joshua Tree, California. In addition to art-making he has an architectural design practice started in 1999. He has shown his work nationally and internationally and was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003.

Interested in the built structures that surround us, Hudson’s paintings depict domestic interiors, which in turn contain representations of paintings and sculptures. The sculptures, as if emerging from the paintings, are made of steel, wood, plexiglass, polymer coating, and composite materials. The paintings construct actual and fictitious interiors as contextual setting for the sculptural work, which projects past experiences into the future by reassembling the past. The more tangible aspects of their subject matter tend to erode into simple forms that float in mercurial and reflective spaces, which might be seen as stylistic stand-ins for the original thing.

Artists representing some of the most innovative and influential work being done today come to lecture at the University of Oregon. The Department of Art brings in about a dozen artists and critics each year from across the nation and abroad to lecture and meet with students in small groups or individual studio visits. In addition to the support each media area has for such an enterprise, the two annual endowed lectures, the George & Matilde Fowler lecture and the Davis Family Lecture, bring in particularly high-profile artists and critics who challenge our assumptions about art and have broad relevance across media. These public lectures provide not only a unique opportunity to hear directly from artists about their work, but also for students to work with them directly in a more intimate capacity.

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