I believe Hudson Marquez is the first participant in the Vintage Sleaze Contemporary series to have been voted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, but I first knew of his work without even knowing it…through familiarity with the Cadillac Ranch and the work of the Ant Farm Collective. Cadillac Ranch is off the scale as far as environmental art goes…one of the most famous art installations in history, and one which makes the late windbag Christo seem as profound as Leroy Neiman. There are plenty of contemporary artists making large scale environmental sculpture and installations, but the Cadillac Ranch is the effing mother tailfin of them all.
Which is why we are thrilled not only to have Mr. Marquez as a fan of Vintage Sleaze, but now a willing participant in the series. As is the case of most notables, Hudson is modest and self-effacing. Following is his entire autobiography, dutifully pecked into his cellphone especially for us on request.
"Hudson Marquez Was born in New Orleans Louisiana. He got out as soon as possible. His travels finally led him to San Francisco where he helped found the Ant Farm, and arts collective that was very active in the late 60s early 70s. He became addicted to video and in 1972 Started the video group TVTV. This group of small format video pioneers had a great run, Producing a number of award winning documentaries for PBS. In 74 he created the Cadillac Ranch sculpture in Amarillo, Texas. Now living in Los Angeles, ex- pornographer Marquez splits his time between writing and painting pictures of cars and girls."
Well, with all respect, we can do better than that.
Marquez has been a provocateur his entire life. A story teller as much as a person who lived to tell the tales… and considerable tales there are. Like being with Led Zeppelin tales. Like meeting Charlie Manson tales. Like Canned Heat (look them up. listen and learn kids) tales and, well…pussy tails. Hudson likes women and it shows. He also once said all women should drive in high heels, a quote not only tailor made for this site, but one which could be pondered and debated in many circles.
Anyone who makes it through the decades as active, as political, as involved and as talented as Mr. Marquez deserves kudos. That he has survived it with a glorious sense of humor and irony is admirable. Trust it was not easy for smart people to live through the 1960s and 1970s. Hudson is cracker-smack smart and he survived it.
A mere dip into the world of Hudson Marquez is to have the major cultural high and low points of several decades circle you like a tornado.
Mr. Marquez has work showing now at the La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles.
Hudson's work is Acrylic and Ink on canvas now. Big ones. With big roots from New Orleans. Hudson is one of the few folks around who can put Professor Longhair across the table from Jayne Mansfield and make it work. Hudson knows without Ike Turner, Tina would still be Anna Mae Bullock from Nutbush, Tennessee and if he were looking over my shoulder as I write, I would proudly tell him I saw Ike and Tina from the first row in a gymnasium in 1971 blowing smoke right up the Ikettes skirts the entire show. In fact, I love Hudson so much, I am putting a teeny cribbed photo of my vantage just for him. It has absolutely nothing to do with the post here OR Hudson, but I think he'll like it.
Although above, Hudson says he was glad to get out of New Orleans, it stayed with him. There is nothing more valuable for a contemporary artist to have in his blood than some New Orleans, and the ghosts of the city meet an amazing crew of icons in his paintings.
A fabulous, essential, hilarious interview with Hudson Marquez is HERE
The work in his La Lus De Jesus Gallery show, along with more information is HERE.
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