pale horse leading, January 22 - February 4, 2016
My partner, Ian, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in October of last year. Months and two rounds of chemotherapy later, his scans fortunately show no cancer. Often, I think the illness cut everything into two distinct parts: before and after. Other times, the diagnosis bleeds into the time before—integral to our story from the beginning. These different viewpoints beg the question: Was this event a given or an expulsion from innocence?
History collapses so easily, translated through whatever dominates our current perception. Time and our understanding of it is mutable, and the fear is that life is brief with no possibility to reverse or for reprise. I rifle through history to try to understand, explain, and find answers in the face of this fear. Images are at my disposal to rearrange and translate. The mille-fleur tapestries which read like futile attempts to order nature into neat quadrants. The Blind Leading the Blind’s climax. Lazarus and Pompeian remnants and the Expulsion. Trying to kill St. George’s dragon. The pale horse.
There may be an infinite stream of options/iterations/versions but each cuts off possible paths. Endless expulsions.
Anthony Cudahy is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA in 2011 from Pratt Institute. He co-curates Slow Youth.
His work has appeared in shows across the United States and the UK. In 2015, he exhibited a body of paintings entitled The Fourth Part of the Day at Farewell Book’s gallery in Austin, TX and was in a two-person show at the Dawn Hunter Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. He has been in group shows at ATHICA, the Nancy Margolis Gallery, Vox Populi, the Perfect Nothing Catalog, and the Knockdown Center. His work has also been featured and reviewed in publications including the Paris Review, Hello Mr., Marco Polo Quarterly, and Cakeboy. He is a former resident of the Artha Project.