Anthony Cudahy
Anthony Cudahy: Coral Room
Sep 10 – Oct 30, 2021
Hales Gallery
New York, USA

Coral Room is an exhibition that takes its title from a song by British performer Kate Bush. The song speaks to the passing of time, memories, relationships, loss, and an attachment to objects. Like Bush, Cudahy is a storyteller who borrows from the past – where she creates songs within songs, Cudahy makes paintings within paintings. Cudahy employs symbolism and narrative devices, combined with depth of feeling to create works that are intimate, profound, and mysterious. The debut solo exhibition features some of Cudahy’s largest paintings to date paired with small, close portraits, still life, and drawings creating rich interplays and complex lines of thought. Alongside painting, drawing has recently become a significant part of Cudahy’s practice. The works in Coral Room are a testament to relationships and human connection, physically and mentally. The warmth and quietness of the scenes are undercut by a sense of tension, reflecting personal and collective anxiety. There is a presence of narrative possibility playing out within and beyond Cudahy’s painted and drawn surfaces. The figures are waiting, creating the sensation that they are on the brink of something about to happen.

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