Kelly D Hudak blends medium format photography with sculpture and installation. She uses thin flexible film and evolving OLED technology to engineer intricate suspended works. She has been invited to photograph the World Prototype Motorcycle Racing Circuit, MotoGP™ for the last eight seasons. Her tests in Medium Format photography have been published by Capture Integration and Hasselblad. She has most recently participated in the satellite fair to Art Basel, SCOPE through the See|Me program for the last two years.
The experience of documenting unparalleled riders navigating through challenging yet beautifully designed tracks has informed Kelly's sculptural practice investigating glass, crystal, carbon fiber and light further extracting poetic moments of energetic determination held within intense passages of time. She lives and works on Miami Beach, Florida contemplating movement and forms in space sparking our interest in the navigation, balance and dynamic presence.
Using medium format technology, I research motorcycle racing using stop motion and panning techniques. Hasselblad's sensor and software assist me in achieving source images for sculptural installation works.
Adobe and Autodesk design products allow me to process images, creating digital, as well as, 2D or 3D printed pieces inspiring the later elements of a particular project. Material research and tolerance is also examined.
Cutting and blending sections of light and material, expressions of presence and reverberation are layered in the work activating direction and composition. The observable world and underlying aspects are considered.
It is through perseverance, determination and careful calculation that we come to see extraordinary results. Testing Hasselblad’s H4D-40 during the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas took my breath away.
MotoGP makes up the premier class of riders developing prototype motorcycles around the world. Machines exceed 200mph on a single straight!
It is not the speed that has intrigued me though. Instead my research lies in the subtleties of the track design—sweeping curves, tight hairpins, and the occasional sudden drop in track elevation––where champions are challenged.
I knew the Hasselblad would top out at 1/800s, a shutter speed that is slow in comparison to the modern DSLR. It would also pale in comparison to any DSLR’s capture; the H4D-40’s 1.1 frames per second may not be acceptable to some.
Here I was still interested in the subtleties; top of the line sensor and camera software, unbelievable lens mechanics, and editing software that would make the most of the innovative technology.
The worlds prototype motorcycle riders negotiate spaces where a free state of mind often exists in the face of immense intensity, where navigation becomes poetic and graceful as speed is demystified.Continue to Publication
Part of a digital drawing series focusing on the poetic nature of prototype motorcycle racing. Abstracting medium format digital photographs through drawn OLED shapes, patterns emerge, eliciting rhythm and balance, enticing us to engage in a unique perspective from the outside looking in.
The first in a series of digital drawings revealing corners, curves, straights and elevation change within a MotoGP track; the artwork aims to connect phenomenological concepts describing the science of consciousness and movement requiring intense focus and meditative precision.
Elegant curves unfold in a work of tension held together by a fragile network of carbon fiber rod and steel cable. Notions of balance and concentration are exhibited in an intense environment of a prototype motorctcle race during a hurricane. Our own movement around the piece changes the shape of the sculpture as we find a new perspective.
A photographic study of aircraft taking off and landing at John Wayne Airport, Orange County, CA. The reference to aircraft here is used as a means to discuss being inside and outside of a vehicle in motion and our relationship to that vehicle.
We traverse our landscape with ever increasing speed, the passage of space once passive becomes activated in the sculpture so that we may take another look. The deconstruction opens onto a new language where we feel qualities of elasticity, illumination and reflection, expanding the concept of the intimate and immense.
Trace beyond measure is a series through which our departure from a familiar surface and ground is possible by the study of depth and altitude inspired by skydiving. In contemplating force, acceleration and speed a dialogue emerges in and through absolute space.
Kelly D Hudak received her MFA from the University of California investigating spatial philosophy and skydiving. Exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, SCOPE Miami Beach and a Locust Projects short list in Miami’s Design District. Research of poetic speed in motorcycle racing has earned Kelly consecutive invitations as an artist to develop work within the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, MotoGP™. Kelly has been published by Capture Integration and Hasselblad describing her first Hasselblad test to develop photographic and sculptural OLED works. Residing on Miami Beach in South Florida Kelly is inspired by her Ashtanga Yoga practice, sailing, cycling and free diving. She looks forward to traveling MotoGP™ circuits inside and outside the US.
Bruce C LaFollette has assisted Kelly D Hudak since 2008 while photographing MotoGP™. He studied chemical engineering, mathematics and finance at University of Missouri and University of Illinois. Bruce earned his Associates of Science degree from Southwestern Illinois College and was a medic in the United States Air Force. He found a passion for culinary arts while working at a Friends of James Beard fund raising dinner. With eighteen years of bartending and service experience Bruce has entered into the sailboat and yachting charter industry. Interested in the arts and image making Bruce continues to take an interest in photography residing on Miami Beach in South Florida. Bruce enjoys exploring the outdoors, travel, swimming, sailing cycling and yoga.
Kelly was invited as an artist to the Inaugural MotoGP™ event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2008. She returned in 2010 and 2014 to further explore public art opportunities with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, blending aspects of downtown Indy architecture with the historic motorcycle racing event. For the last eight seasons Kelly has observed the growth in public art and place making in Indianapolis which spurred a journey to also look at community driven calls to artists throughout the world integrating meaningful site specific works. MotoGP™ is not on the 2016 calendar because of financial and logistical challenges yet remains an inspiration for upcoming art installations.
Visiting Circuit of The Americas (COTA) was a turning point in Kelly’s career. It was a vision to use medium format technology photographing MotoGP™ since 2008. Kelly was provided the opportunity to test a digital Hasselblad camera and published her findings in 2013 photographing COTA’s Inaugural race. She has spent the last two years refining a panning technique with various shutter speeds for large scale sculptural works and is exploring appropriate places to exhibit. Kelly returned to Circuit of The Americas in 2014 and looks forward to 2016 where she is considering South to North American relationships in art.
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