Michael Hudock studied painting and drawing at Delta Community College in Michigan and photography at Western Michigan University before moving to New Mexico 1978. He received a BS degree in education from the University of New Mexico in 1989. Hudock has worked with a variety of photographic processes including traditional black and white, Polaroid films, gum dichromate, liquid emulsions, and digital imaging, but he began painting in 1996. His interest in timeworn objects and surfaces is a consistent theme in his digital and photographic work as well as being the subject of his paintings.
Hudock’s work is in collections at the Polaroid Corporation, the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, and Ohio Wesleyan University, as well as numerous national and international private collections. He teaches photography at Sandia Preparatory School and is represented in Santa Fe by GF Contemporary.
“The urban environment inspires my work.
Whether painting or photographing I am constantly drawn to surface. I am moved by objects, parts of objects, buildings, walls with history, and surfaces that have been affected by the elements over time. In the studio I brush and trowel paint, and over days or weeks these applications of paint slowly develop texture and depth. Colors peek through from underneath; top layers become scratched or sanded away to reveal paint that was applied months before. New layers cover up what was done earlier. Scratches in one layer never completely disappear even when they are painted over and so remain as a quiet and subtle mark, hinted at but barely visible. In essence painting is about mark making. While an anonymous mark of graffiti might be interesting I am more intrigued by the way it becomes covered up.
Layers of paint applied and layers removed are evidence of time, a process of accumulation and elimination, creation and destruction, the record of a history.
I am at my best in the studio as the sun comes up and the day is beginning, having no plan other than showing up, being present, making something happen then covering up what doesn’t please me; though informed by education and experience my decisions are subjective, impulsive, improvisational.” – Michael Hudock