The initiator for this group of paintings was Caravaggio's Narcissus, specifically that work's space: a strange void, the emptiest black surrounding a single reflection, looping forever. Alberti called Narcissus the beginning of painting, "embracing by means of art the surface of a pool." These paintings resist embrace, however, and reveal a fundamental distrust: of others, of subjective experience, of oneself.
Is the image I create for myself a flower or a sword? The reflection is muted, but someone(thing) squints back. Narrative collapses: the child leading his mother is her father and the grave is close enough to kick dirt onto your own crowning head.
Anthony Cudahy is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA in 2011 from Pratt Institute. He co-curates a publishing project named Slow Youth.
His work has appeared in shows across the United States and the UK. In 2016, he exhibited a body of paintings entitled EatF_3 at Mumbo's Outfit in Manhattan and has also recently shown at Farwell Books (Austin, TX) and the Dawn Hunter Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). He has been in group shows at Hap Gallery, Deli Gallery, 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 Mossless, the Paris Review, Hello Mr., Marco Polo Quarterly, and Cakeboy. He is a former resident of the Artha Project.