Wainscott, NY – Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Beasts and Clowns, a two-person show by Judith Hudson and Lucy Winton. On view at 26 Ardsley Road in Wainscott, NY, we invite you to a reception for the artists on Saturday, May 8th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Beasts and Clowns is an exploration of the nuanced and sympathetic side of clowns and beasts, alter egos for the artists.
Judith Hudson’s paintings explore the gender fluidity and duality of the clown, at once male and female, in semi drag, happy and sad, graceful and awkward. The clowns engage in moments of privacy and vulnerability addressing the nuanced dilemma and contradictions of sexism through play. “I started painting clowns in 2013 inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a night when everyone was transgressive and transformed, a state I aspire to, and the band of theatrical outsiders in Marcel Carné’s 1946 movie ‘Children of Paradise’”, says Hudson.
Lucy Winton’s multidisciplinary work often draws inspiration from children’s book illustration, creating otherworldly scenes that blend figuration and abstraction in drawings, paintings and embroidery. These tactile collages and tapestries evoke a spirit of deconstruction and celebration. “A tapestry can feel like a grid of European aesthetic and habit. And I like a lot of it. So in the spirit of celebration and deconstruction, painting cutting and sewing upon it is total fun for me.”Winton explains. Her wooden wall pieces have a palette informed by the tragic French opera Dardanus, and use hardware to dramatize the bunny characters in her work–in this case, the “beasts”– to connect to the ethereal world.
Judith Hudson received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado and went on to study at California College of Art, University of California at Berkeley, where she received her Master of Fine Arts. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions in New York City at MoMA PS1, The New Museum, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, Phillips de Pury & Co., Marlborough Gallery, The Drawing Center, Zürcher Studio, and Salomon Contemporary. Judith Hudson has exhibited with Tripoli Gallery since 2012, with 3 solo exhibitions presented in Southampton, NY; A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2014; Fur and Flesh, 2016; Under the Covers, 2018; and 9 group exhibitions. She currently lives and works in Manhattan and Amagansett, NY.
Lucy Winton received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Winton became immersed in drawing while studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions at the Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY; Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT; Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY; and Southampton Arts Center, Southampton, NY. Lucy Winton has been included in 5 group exhibitions with Tripoli Gallery and lives and works in Wainscott, NY.
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