FORREST HUDES: MAKER
Forrest Hudes is a second generation American woodworker. After receiving a BA in Theater and Dance from Amherst College his creative practice morphed to focus on furniture and domestic design. Forrest has made objects for homes, offices, retail and restaurant interiors, scenic environments, and residential architectural projects in New York and Los Angeles. Forrest has recently moved his practice from Los Angeles to Detroit!
My practice is driven by a passion for discovering contemporary forms for traditional objects that reinforce and encourage the social progress we have made in the current millennium.
I believe that the built environments that we inhabit have the most profound emotional impact on our identities and the way that we conceive of the world we live in.
i.e. The boundaries of our (perceived) reality and capabilities are insinuated by the codes that our constructed environments deliver to us.
The intention of my work is to grapple with these questions in the forms of everyday objects:
How can an object (read: lamp, table, stool, desk…) be queer - accepting that inanimate objects do not and cannot possess sexuality or gender?
How can an object reject patriarchy, toxic masculine behavior, and heteronormativity?
How can an object embody emotionality over rationalism?
How can one iteration of an object expand the emotional definition of the category?
How can all of these questions be answered honestly without relying on gimmick or aesthetic sarcasm?
I believe the exploration of these questions in design ethics and object semiology are crucial to the most vivid subliminal progressive work of our society.