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Cody Hudson 

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Pop art created the potential for interaction between fine art, street art, and commercial design. Chicago artist Cody Hudson continues the tradition of combining cultural legitimacy, transgression, and fashion appeal, acting as a one-man factory generating posters, CD covers, T-shirts, installations, stickers, and snowboards; naturally he's appeared in Giant Robot magazine, the clearinghouse for avant-garde youth-marketed visual culture. Hudson appears to have more of a social conscience than his contemporary Barry McGee, though it's hard to imagine McGee creating a poster with the ultrabanal slogan "Make Art Not War." Hudson's packaged style also makes his work overly consistent. But there's a degree of subtle self-awareness and satirical wit to it--evident in the savvy irony of his street name, Struggle Inc.--and his design skills are unimpeachable. Hudson's show at Bucket Rider eschews the tattoo-artist fussiness and art-school pretension of many of his contemporary neopop colleagues, recalling the energy of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the whimsy of Jonathan Lasker, and the oddity of Tibor Kalman. An expressionistic network of objects and text connected by vivid wall designs, the show includes paintings on raw plywood, canvas, and skateboard decks as well as attractive prints laminated on boards. Hudson also provides lots of reading material in the affirmational koans scribbled in pencil on goopy pastel acrylic surfaces. Once you've pigged out on these visual SweetTarts, be sure to walk to the hall for the postbinge nightmare afforded by Sterling Ruby's creepy installation of ceramics, video, and digital prints at 1R Gallery. a Thu-Sat through 10/16, noon-6 PM, Bucket Rider, 119 N. Peoria #3D, 312-421-6993.

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