3/7/14 BEAUTIFUL/DECAY by Pauli Ochi
The always-colorful work by Erin Rachel Hudak has the distinct ability to seduce with its bright and vibrant appearance. Hudak consistently produces work that looks happy and exudes love. The attraction, while complete, can be somewhat misleading, and upon closer inspection Hudak has often encoded a message, lesson, or suggestion hidden within the colorful work.
3/8/14 TREND HUNTER by Meghan Young
The work of Erin Rachel Hudak, an artist born in Stow, Ohio, and based in Brooklyn New York, sends out positive energy into the universe, as well as into the lives of those who are lucky enough to witness them. Her public art installation often involves messages of love and riots of color, so much so it is undeniable that they would have an uplifting affect.
Read more of the article here: http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/erin-rachel-hudak
1/11/14 Michael Behle interviews Erin Rachel Hudak
Michael Behle: Written word and photographic images have been prominent elements in your work. Can you discuss that and where it comes from?
Erin Rachel Hudak: I have always been very captured by ‘A Story’. Both photographs and literature are transporters. They access a space where you become the witness, and are able to examine life at a new perspective other than your own.
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10/01/13 Justin Adler for Jan Larsen Art
What was your main inspiration for your latest exhibition My Nature / Your Nature?
3/10/12 Allie Haeusslein for Daily Serving Fan Mail
"I have grown to love a television program entitled American Restoration, which chronicles a Las Vegas shop that restores rusty, beat-up items to their former beauty. After recently marveling at the rebirth of a 1940s USPS mailbox, it became evident that my fixation on these objects has little to do with the items themselves, but is instead tied to the stories I fashion for them in my mind and believe must be accurate.
Promiseland – Erin Rachel Hudak’s new body of work – responds to notions of storytelling, considering the ways individual narratives can be insinuated into more collective notions of cultural and national history. She mines Americana for her imagery, incorporating quilt patterns, lanterns and baskets, among others, into her paintings and collages. Her images immediately evoke an almost innate rehearsal of American folklore. At the same time, her slight subversions of these original symbols – coupled with the use of opened ended phrases like “this is where we begin” – invite a more personal interpretation of these signs."
To read the full article http://dailyserving.com/2012/03/fan-mail-erin-rachel-hudak/
2/26/12 Kattie Matteson for Sun Vallery Magazine
"Love you forever. In this town, there are quite a few things we love forever. Endless blue skies. Powder mornings. Fast downhills on mountain bikes. Our small-town community. The red barn. The summers, the winters, the mountains… So how does a New York City-based artist who had never been to Sun Valley before three weeks ago manage to create a public art installation that speaks straight to the hearts of locals? How do her three little words, a big public art installation in the Sun Valley Festival Meadows, speak such volumes to anyone who sets foot in our mountains? Erin Rachel Hudak is such an artist." Click on link for full article http://www.sunvalleymag.com/Blogs/Local-Buzz/Winter-2012/LOVE-YOU-FOREVER/
11/07/09 Danielle Ezzo for Art+ Culture
"There is nothing more tantalizing than line quality. Thats what drew me to Erin Hudak's mixed media pieces. Clipps dressed with paint and marker, exclaim quietly with plights of war, sex, and death. Vibrant colors are so sparsely used, but still completely present on an otherwise white washed background." See link for full interview:
1/28/2009 R.C. Baker for The Village Voice
"Although Dear America, I Still Love You wins the Best Title award for any artwork I've seen so far this year, there are a number of other pieces here by Erin Rachel Hudak that more fully realize the knotty implications of those words. These collages include faint images from The New York Times, their ghostly affect reminiscent of Rauschenberg's solvent transfers of mass imagery for his Dante's Inferno drawings. A similar sense of dread runs through Hudak's energetic jumbles of roadkill, stenciled bombs, blurred headlines, and splattered paint. But amid the guns and war machines, couples kiss (though one partner is generally painted over) and deer gaze out from bushes, wary of outlined predators lurking nearby. In a smaller drawing, the words "run dead run dead run dead" tumble down the page in scrawled pencil, perhaps a binary ode to America's exhilarating promise and flawed reality."
2/16/2006 Kuntzman for The Brooklyn Papers
"For at least 1 day, DUMBO finds 'Love' "Alas, love sometimes only lasts a day. Artist Erin Hudak took a few dozen yards of pink acrylic and transformed a snow-covered hill in DUMBO...."No dont take it down!" Screamed a teenager in a car that had pulled over to the side of Washington Street as Hudak removed the script "love." "It's so romantic. We were hoping it would be there forever!"..."It was wonderful as an atist," Hudak said. "I saw people walking across the Brooklyn Bridge standing on benches to see it. A women left a note for me that said "Thank you for spreading the love...you are an angel!"
10/16/2003 Kurt Shaw Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Art Critic
"Erin Rachel Hudak, an Ohio native who recently returned to the region after spending five years in Savannah, Ga., used the circle in the most confronting way in this exhibition - by arranging 24 place settings of her grandmother's china on a circular table cloth on the floor in the center of the gallery. Hudak has filled the soup bowls of each place setting with buckeyes that she has painted and flocked with glitter, giving them the appearance of sugar-coated sweets. The bitter buckeyes belie that the notion altogether, however, and there in turn is the rub and the reason why the piece is titled "Welcome Home."