“LET’S GO LET GO” | 25th July | NYC

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LET’S GO LET GO: In Memoriam Hudson

ANONYMOUS TANTRA, BILL AUGUSTUS, MICHAEL BANICKI, GARY BATTY, LISA BECK, HUMA BHABHA, DIKE BLAIR, RICHARD BLOES, JESSE BRANSFORD, MAI BRAUN, DAVID BRESKIN, BRUCE BROSNAN, ALEX BROWN, JARED BUCKHIESTER, TODD CHILTON, LUCKY DEBELLEVUE, LORENZO DE LOS ANGELES, DAVID DEUTSCH, ANNE DORAN, EVIE FALCI, VINCENT FECTEAU, DANIEL FEINBERG, CARL J. FERRERO, ROBERT FONTANELLI, JASON FOX, TOM FRIEDMAN, SAM GORDON, DANIEL HESIDENCE, MAMIE HOLST, BILL JENKINS, CLINT JUKKALA, STEVE KEISTER, RICHARD KERN, SELENA KIMBALL, ISABELLA KIRKLAND, KINKE KOOI, BILL KOMOSKI, TODD KNOPKE, STEVE LAFRENIERE, MICHAEL LAZARUS, JUDY LINN, ALEJANDRO, LOUREIRO LORENZO, GINA MAGID, ANDREW MASULLO, DOUGLAS MELINI, TRACY MILLER, DAVID MORENO, NAOTO NAKAGAWA, DARINKA NOVITOVIC, JOSH CRISCIONE NUSBAUM, KYLIN O’BRIEN, BOBBIE OLIVER, JEFF ONO, JI YEON PARK, JIM PEDERSEN, JERRY PHILLIPS, JASON REPPERT, RICHARD REZAC, NATHANIEL ROBINSON, KAY ROSEN, ALEXANDER ROSS, NANCY SHAVER, DAVID SHAW, RICK SIGGINS, AARON SINIFT, CARY SMITH, BEN SNEAD, NED SNIDER, TOM OF FINLAND, JOHN TORREANO, LILY VAN DER STOKKER, TYLER VLAHOVICH, SALLY WEBSTER, ALAN WIENER, KEVIN WOLFF, B. WURTZ, TAMARA ZAHAYKEVICH

Through 26th July

Hudson on TOM

Political correctness is a bad thing. It’s shortsighted and encourages repression and polar reaction, rather like Shakespeare’s lady: she doth protest too much. For me, art is about the mind, and the mind is an arena in which anything goes. One learns there to distinguish between the personal and the public. Morals develop as one moves through all the possibilities. Discernment is a must.

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory drawing), 1988, Graphite on paper, 11.75” x 8.75”, ToFF #1062, © 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory drawing), 1988, Graphite on paper, 11.75” x 8.75”, ToFF #1062, © 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation

I am proud of having presented late-’80s and early ’90s exhibitions of rather extreme sexual work, and especially the numerous exhibitions of the drawings of Tom of Finland. He remains a master draftsman and a major influence on so many minds and bodies and artists. Inserting his work into the discussion put the hidden agenda of the repressive politically correct, which then glutted the galleries, on the table. It’s sad that Tom of Finland drawings should remain outside of art. Even to this day the dominant art worlds, especially the American versions, remain so afraid of the representation of sexuality.

During one Tom of Finland exhibition, when Feature Inc. was on Broome Street, a busload of people visited the gallery next door and a few wandered into Feature. A woman, say in her sixties, came in, carefully looked around, left, and soon returned with a male/female couple of a similar age. They were in the gallery for quite some time. On their way out, as they passed by the office, they were quietly speaking among themselves, and the woman from the couple mentioned that she thought she had just seen pornography, and the other woman replied, “Yes, but did you see the way they were drawn?” Overhearing that left me floating.

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Hudson (1950-2014)

– From an interview with Hudson of Feature Inc.
by Dike Blair

Hudson, Feature Inc gallerist, RIP

Hudson-RIP

Tom of Finland Foundation and Feature Inc are the same age. The gallery represented the artist, first during the last years of his career, and presently for ToFF.  Hudson shares in Tom’s legacy by helping place his works in museums and putting many people face-to-face with his original artwork for the first time.

“In 1984 Tom brought 1,500 rough sketches from Finland to store at the Foundation. He never thought they were worthwhile outside of his archives. But I went “oh my god, these are amazing”. So immediately, I sent copies of them to our gallery in New York, Feature gallery. Hudson is an amazing man, and did so much for Tom. Hudson exhibited Tom along with artists that he inspired like G. B. Jones. He also exhibited Martin of Holland, who made drawings of scat play. He exhibited all of them in his gallery in SoHo and he never put up an explanation or a sign. This fucking sign shit. Trying to prevent someone from being offended…”
– Durk Dehner, Sex Magazine, 2014

The one, and only one Hudson, forever.

There will be a private funeral and arrangements are being made for a memorial service in June.